Software companies manufacturing applications for gadgets such as the iPhone need your help. Becoming a beta tester is easier than you might think and you will end up with the coolest gadgets for free in exchange for your help.
So what will it take to become an applications tester? Well, not pretty much to be honest. You won’t need previous experience or references because software manufacturers want their applications to be tested by ordinary people just like you and me. This will give them an idea about how their software is going to be received by the general public. To software engineers everything looks easy to use but there have been when applications that were only tested by the people who made them proved to be commercial failures as the general public found them too hard to operate.
This is why beta testers are now regular people, kids, students, housewives and school teachers. The testing process is quite simple. All you will have to do is take the iPhone with the application installed on it and use it only when you need it just like a regular buyer would. You won’t have to assess the technical features of the software but its general usability and every day utility.
After the testing period (usually about a week) you will have to give your honest review to the company. As a reward for your work (if you can call playing with a gadget “work”) you won’t be paid in cash but you will get to keep the iPhone you’ve just used for testing for free instead.…
Software companies manufacturing applications for gadgets such as the iPhone need your help. Becoming a beta tester is easier than you might think and you will end up with the coolest gadgets for free in exchange for your help.
When looking for auto insurance, you want to get the best possible cover for the cheapest possible price. There are numerous ways of doing this, depending on the type of cover you are looking for and what category you fit in. With the right approach you will be able to sort out what is best for you.
In a lot of cases there are specialist insurance companies for people. For example women are statistically less likely than men to have an accident. However a standard provider will cover both men and women, meaning your premiums go up in line with more at risk groups. This is why you may benefit from choosing a policy from a company aimed directly at women.
The same is also true of older drivers. Older drivers are less likely to take risks while driving and are more experienced. Therefore you will probably benefit from a policy aimed exclusively at older drivers.
However, there is the chance that you do not fall into this kind of category. In this instance there are other ways to save money on your quote. If you are a careful driver, you can often get better premiums if you have up to five years of no claims. Younger drivers can benefit from refresher courses, both in terms of reducing premiums and encouraging safer driving.
Another way of saving money is to have a voluntary excess also known as a deductible. This is where you agree to pay for the cost of repairs up to a certain amount. While this can leave you out of pocket in the event of an accident in the long term it will reduce your premiums. If you are a younger driver this is very likely to be the case as you are unfortunately in the highest risk category, so anything you can do to save money is worth doing.
When looking at car insurance quotes, the best place to look is online. If this is the first time you are applying for insurance, it is worth looking at the various introductory offers available. Some companies are not available on car insurance comparison sites, so it is worth having as broad a search as possible.
Comparison sites are useful as they give you a chance to see what kind of prices are available to you. A lot of sites also offer clear tables that show what cover you get for your money, such as anti vandalism insurance that will not affect your no claims bonus. It is generally recommended to get at least three quotes to get an idea of what your policy should cost.
With any auto insurance quote, the additional benefit of knowing how much it costs is the leeway it gives you when negotiating with a company. In some cases you may get a discount or possibly extra cover for your money. A lot of companies will have a list of discounts available, such as for having security devices on your car. It is worth getting in contact and seeing what is available.…
If you are always looking for creative ways to promote your business, there is a great new technology called QR codes that you need to know about! A QR code is a barcode that you can scan with an app on your Smartphone. The scanned barcode contains some sort of hidden content, either a text message, website URL or phone number. The QR actually stands for “quick response”, as it enables someone to access and execute the content stored in the barcode on the fly. Using QR codes is a fun way to engage your audience and it shows that your business is cutting edge.
A Few Simple Ways To Use QR codes:
Add them to your business cards with more information that won’t fit on such a small space.
Add them to product packaging to promote your website or direct them to product support.
Help people find your business by using a one with a link to your location on Google maps.
Use a them as a coupon. The user can scan it to reveal a discount code.
Place a them on your website with your email address or phone number.
Put them on all your business paraphernalia and swag.
How do I create a QR Code?
Creating a QR Code is very simple. There are several websites that allow you to very easily generate one. I used Kaywa. It provides a form where you choose the type of content (either a website URL, text, phone number or SMS) then enter the corresponding information and click generate. Literally there is nothing to it. Your newly generated QR code magically appears to the left, where you can then left click or ctrl click (Mac) to save it to your computer. From there the possibilities are only limited to your imagination!
How Do I Read A QR Code On My Smartphone?
You need to add an application on your phone in order scan QR codes. Just access your app store and search “QR code.” I have an iPhone and I had several apps to choose from. Some were free but I decided to pay the whole $1.99 for quiQR because it received higher ratings. The quiQR app will both scan and generate QR codes. To scan a new QR code just click “scan QR code” then center it in the box, when it is lined up properly it will scan the code automatically. If a website URL is stored in the code, it will bring up your browser and go to the website entered. If it’s a phone number is stored in the code it will dial the number. Obviously there will be differences depending on the app you choose and the operating system on your phone, but this basically shows how easy they are to use.…
Just moved house? Can’t get a good main TV signal in your home? Is your wall adapter broken? Are you a student moving into halls of residence? These are all small predicaments one can face in every day life. If you’re a TV lover, they can be pretty big problems. However there’s a solution to the problem: an indoor TV aerial.
Indoor TV aerials are excellent products to own because they can be used in a variety of different places and produce great signal qualities for stand alone electronics. All they require are a power source and a TV to work with!
Gone are the days of very expensive aerials that produce poor signals and are frequently distorted and interrupted. Nowadays you can pick up high quality digital signals, and run freeview with total ease. You can even pick up high definition (HD) quality signal and experience the power of high definition on your HDTV.
Who needs to use an indoor TV aerial?
There are many different individuals who could benefit from using an indoor TV aerial. Generally they fall into the following groups:
-Caravan/Mobile Home Owners
-Individuals with old TVs
The fact you can position an indoor TV aerial anywhere in the room means you’ll be able to pick up an excellent signal. You don’t have to worry about getting a cable guy in to sort out a wall socket connection for your TV; just plug the indoor aerial into the mains power and then into the back of your TV and you’re away.
Types of Indoor TV Aerial
There are a variety of different types of aerial on the market, some excellent, some not so good. They generally fall into these categories:
These are the standard type of TV aerial, and produce very good signals. By extending the antenna fully and positioning the middle pivot towards an open area, you’ll be able to watch TV without any signal interference. If someone in your neighbourhood has a satellite dish on the side of their house, point this aerial at it and you’ll have a mains quality signal! Models with an amplifier are the best to buy.
They are a very good type of aerial to buy because it does not require fiddling and setting up like an antenna aerial. Simply connect it to the mains and your TV and point the pivot out the window. They generally pick up good quality signals, but can sometimes be interfered with when weather is poor. Once again, models with an amplifier produce the best signal qualities.
-1 Point Aerials
These aerials, while producing a reasonable signal, are generally more for aesthetics. You can place them in a room and they will not look that much out of place, compared with an antenna aerial. Despite this, even models with amplifiers will struggle to perform, as there are no parts to point into strong signal areas such as with the other models. Although cheaper than other models, you’ll feel the frustration when trying to watch an enjoyable programme and don’t like being interrupted.
Buying an Indoor TV Aerial
Indoor TV aerials can be found in most electronics shops on the high street. However you will generally pay more in such a store than you would online. Some of the best deals can be found online.
Be sure to research an aerial before you buy one. Different models and makes of aerials will pick up signals in different qualities. If you are planning to watch freeview on your TV, it is wise to check your coverage before you purchase an aerial.
The best tip to remember when buying an indoor TV aerial is to ask if you are unsure!
If you enjoy watching your TV, but are unable to pick up a mains TV signal, consider buying an indoor TV aerial today. You’ll pick up a great signal and will be able to watch TV anywhere. So sit back, relax, and turn on your favourite programme!…
The psychology behind the problems with keyless ignitions lie in the deep-seated behaviors we have with our cars. We rely on our habits and everyday motions for entering our cars, starting the engine, fastening the seatbelt or adjusting the mirrors. With keyless entry and keyless ignition some of our old habits don’t apply any more. Those long-standing habits are causing some people problems with their vehicles. Problems that are on the rise as more car manufactures switch to this type of technology. The NTHSA is looking into ways to curb the problem and provide a stronger measure of safety.
A keyless ignition system is a device that is carried by the driver to gain access to the vehicle and the ability to start the engine. Instead of a key a small chip inside the key fob sends a signal to the car’s computer allowing access to the starting system without physical contact. The driver can then push a button or turn a switch to start the vehicle. Keyless ignitions are becoming mainstream today as car manufacturers are seeing the potential for adding them into their fleet.
Recent incidents in the news, resulting in death or injuries have focused more attention on the problems drivers are having with these new systems.
In Florida the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office is investigating last week’s carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of a couple suspected to have succumbed to a build-up of carbon monoxide emanating from their Mercedes with a keyless ignition, parked in an attached garage. The sheriff’s office declined comment pending the outcome of their investigation.
This week Miami-Dade Police and fire rescue responded to a home in Miami Lakes. According to neighbors, a car was left running in the garage of the home, and two elderly women were inside the home. When police arrived on the scene, a woman was found dead from carbon monoxide that apparently had leaked from the garage into the home. The other woman was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Palm Beach because of it has a special hyperbaric chamber used to treat victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. She is in stable conditions.
It is still unclear as to whether this most recent incident was a keyless ignition problem. The cause of this accident is still under investigation, the age and model of the vehicle have not been released, however it points out the dangers that can occur from simply forgetting to turn off the ignition.
In addition to carbon monoxide poisoning, keyless systems also create the problem of rollways. Under current Federal Manufacturer Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS 114) a driver cannot remove a vehicle’s key without the engine off and the vehicle’s automatic transmission in the Park position. With many keyless entry systems, this protection has all but vanished. While some warn the drivers that the key has been removed and the transmission is not in Park, the warnings have varied effectiveness, leading to complaints to NHTSA like this one involving a 2006 Audi A6:
During the extensive investigation conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) they received many personal accounts of accidents or injuries that were experience by people who possessed this technology.
One driver had the vehicle knock him down and then catch hold of his foot and then dragging him over a curb. The vehicle ended up on his left foot trapping him. Several men came to assist and lifted the car off. Although he had shut the engine down, he had failed to place the transmission in park before exiting the vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has purposed new standards for the operation and controls used to stop the engine in systems that do not require a physical key. They are proposing an audible warning be given to any driver who attempts to shut down the propulsion system without first moving the gear selection control to the park position. The alarm would also sound if a driver attempts to exits a vehicle without first turning off the engine system.
The proposed change would also standardize the amount of time a driver would have to hold down the button in order to start and stop the engine. It would require that the switch that turns off the vehicle work whether the vehicle is running at speed or not.
Currently in order to shut down the engine at speeds the driver is required to hold down the button for three seconds, for an emergency procedure is something most drivers are less than accomplished in. Indeed, many owners are not even aware of this hold the button requirement.
The proposed rule seeks to change this control activation for all stops regardless of whether the vehicle is moving or stationary.
The proposed rule change would implement the creation of a …
Looking to discover a few good books this fall? CIOs, search no longer. We’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorite IT books to help CIOs grow and succeed. From successful CIOs to award winning psychiatrists, these authors have created books designed to enhance your leadership qualities, help you communicate the value of IT, and give you practical skills to improve your IT department. Let these recent titles be part of your success story.
Most of the following books are also available in an e-book format, so if you have a Kindle, iPad, Nook, or other portable reading device you can find these books with an online retailer.
“CIO Best Practices: Enabling Strategic Value with Information Technology” by Joe Stenzel, Gary Cokins, Karl D. Schubert and Michael H. Hugos. This best practice guide details indispensable leadership strategies and responsibilities for enterprises of all sizes and industries. A great resource for CIOs, as well as those who simply want to understand the importance of IT for their enterprise.
“Adventures of an IT Leader”by Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan and Shannon O’Donnell. A simple and readable premise that details the challenges and rewards of bridging the gap between IT and the rest of the enterprise. You’ll follow fictional character Jim Burton, a new and inexperienced CIO, as he integrates business leadership skills with successful IT management in order to overcome IT obstacles.
“Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson In True Leadership”by Steve Farber. An inspiring and compelling book about sharing knowledge to make others greater than yourself. Gives a new spin to the phrase ‘knowledge is power’ by describing a leadership strategy that involves giving knowledge to others and leading with purpose.
“Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value”by Richard Hunter and George Westerman. Communicating the value of IT can be difficult, even frustrating, for CIOs constantly battling the questions of cost. By changing the perspective from the cost of IT to the value of IT to the business, this book details how to create clear communication that describes the value of IT in measurable, understandable terms.
“World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When IT Triumphs”by Peter A. High. An articulate and well organized book that describes how an effective IT system can help enterprises grow and succeed. In a world of flourishing technology, High also details important relationship and communication strategies to make IT an effective component to business performance.
“Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People” by Edward M. Hallowell. Bestselling author and psychiatrist Hallowell focuses in on brain science and performance research to help you inspire your team to excellence. Five noteworthy strategies can help your team connect, assist employees in finding fulfilling and meaningful responsibilities, and enable your team to excel.
“CIO Wisdom: Best Practices from Silicon Valley” by Dean Lane, with members of the CIO Community of Practice and Change Technology Solutions Inc. With information and insight from 20 of the world’s top IT executives, this book is sure to provide insight into your planning, budgeting and strategy questions. This book can help you to maximize your business value and, as a bonus, boost your charitable contributions – the author’s profits will fund scholarship programs for underprivileged kids who plan careers in IT.
“Straight to the Top: Becoming a World-Class CIO” by Gregory S. Smith. Smith provides an enlightening view of the position and responsibilities of becoming a CIO. With intelligent research, interviews with other executives, and essential tips from his own experience as a CIO, Smith equips future CIOs with a path to the top.
“Mastering the Hype Cycle: How to Choose the Right Innovation at the Right Time”by Jackie Fenn and Mark Raskino. Two Gartner Fellows advice enterprises of all sizes about how to choose innovations at the right time and how to avoid disillusionment. Mastering the hype cycle can help you time your innovations correctly to give them the best opportunity for long term success.
“CIO Survival Guide: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Chief Information Officer” byKarl D. Schubert. New CIOs will appreciate the helpful guidelines and practical skills designated to improve competency for IT leaders. This book offers concrete advice to help new CIOs overcome communication obstacles and find success in the demanding world of IT.…
Blogging tools combine all the basic functions of a simple CMS: content creation, content management, and content delivery are processed through a blogging tool. Other functions such as workflow and personalization mechanisms are missing. Like a CMS system, it can be easily connected even with additional features such as a blog search, discussion forums, and shop applications. To that extent, as a blogging tool, the mini-CMS are spoken.
The content creation can be inserted for each server-or client-based tool. Server-based tools such as , and are platforms available from anywhere. However, it must consist of an online access to the server to create content. For client-based tools such as for the creation of content, are available offline on your own computer.
Meanwhile, websites like , provide client-based tools through the entries for different server or client-based blogging tools and simultaneously prepare for an existing Internet connection that can be made online. These tools offer a number of additional features that make blogging. Basically, all tools give the author the possibility to insert images and links and carry out simple HTML text formatting. The GUI, in particular the client-based blogging tools, now look very similar to those of traditional CMS. HTML knowledge is needed only for the design of the website templates. Many providers, however, are supplied with a set of standard templates.
Again and again, bloggers and writers are unilateral, and this is reflected in the articles of the blog. There is nothing worse than boredom when reading. The mix makes it hot or simply not article. By changing representations and also encouraging to pack something else in the article, we derive again to remain constant readers and also browse through the article. Again and again, the emphasis is that we want to entertain our readers, such as entertainers and in words and pictures. A mix is not a guarantee, but a cross section through the possibilities of the range of articles we must start today.
Due to the vast multitude of spellings and the blog topics, I will just start times with the first 5 types of items that you should invite to the experiment. I’m sure you have used some types and you will again. What successes have you had with the individual methods? Did you notice a difference, for example in the comment section? I’ll be glad, if you let us participate.
A variant is often used to share your knowledge with others. The issue of searchers “How can I make something” very often refers to such items and it aims to achieve a knowledge-sharing. Addressing such issues, the bloggers take up a long time and they have solid knowledge of the applied subject.…
The New York Public Library has 87 branches, but recently some patrons have decided to forgo all of them, and visit the stacks in their living rooms instead.
As the popularity of e-books has increased, libraries across the country have installed virtual stacks. At the New York Public Library’s website, patrons can check out audio books and e-books, temporarily downloading items directly to their computers or mobile devices, without ever stepping inside a physical library. “As our readership goes online, our materials dollars are going online,” Christopher Platt, the director of collections and circulating operations for the New York Public Library told The New York Times.(1) The American Library Association estimates that two out of every three libraries now offer e-books.
But a recent decision by HarperCollins may slow the growth of libraries’ digital collections. The publisher announced this month that it will set a lending limit for new e-books it sells to libraries. Under the new policy, after a HarperCollins e-book is checked out 26 times, it will self-destruct. The limit is intended to provide a digital equivalent of the ordinary wear and tear that, over time, causes paper books to expire.
The restriction raises interesting copyright issues. In the U.S., libraries are able to lend books as a result of what is known as the “right of first sale.” This legal principle allows the purchaser of a particular iteration of a copyrighted work to resell or lend it without permission from the copyright holder, so long as no additional copies are made. Once I have bought a copy of a book, CD or DVD, it is mine to do with as I wish.
This principle, fairly straightforward when applied to physical objects, becomes more complex for “objects” such as MP3 files or e-books that exist only as bits of digital information. In response to file-sharing sites, which attempted to apply the doctrine of first sale to digital content, copyright holders began to assert that content transmitted digitally was licensed rather than sold. Since there was never any actual sale, they claimed, the right of first sale did not apply and they could, as a result, exercise greater control over how the content was used. End User License Agreements were created, requiring customers to agree that, though they seemed to be paying money to acquire a product, they were, in fact, not buying anything. By asserting a right to limit libraries’ use of e-books, HarperCollins is essentially claiming that its e-books are, like software programs, licensed rather than sold.
The principle of “fair use” provides further information on how copyrighted works can be used. It is less directly applicable to library e-books, since it applies primarily to the replication of portions of copyrighted works rather than to the use of individual copies of whole works. But it offers some useful general guidelines for considering what constitutes copyright infringement. According to the laws on “fair use,” individuals and courts examining whether a particular use is fair or not are instructed to consider “the effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work.”
Publishers argue that unlimited library access to e-books would undercut their sales. If e-books are readily available to “check out” for free at any time, they worry, customers would have little reason to click “buy” rather than “borrow.” HarperCollins said in a statement about its new policy, “We have serious concerns that our previous e-book policy, selling e-books to libraries in perpetuity, if left unchanged, would undermine the emerging e-book ecosystem, hurt the growing e-book channel, place additional pressure on physical bookstores, and in the end lead to a decrease in book sales and royalties paid to authors.”(2)
While the existing case law is murky, I am inclined to believe that, regardless of the possible consequences for publishers, the “right of first sale” applies.
But I doubt libraries will sue to win the point. While the “right of first sale” protects purchasers of copyrighted material, there is no “right to first sale.” If selling e-books to libraries hurts their profits, publishers are free to simply refuse to do business with libraries. In fact, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan, two of the largest trade publishers in the U.S., currently do precisely that.
Just as libraries depend on publishers, publishers depend on libraries for a large portion of their sales. Sales to libraries can account for 7 to 9 percent of a publisher’s overall revenue, two major publishers told The New York Times. Like it or not, publishers and libraries are locked in a relationship of mutual interdependence.
My guess is that publishers and libraries ultimately will find a solution that both can accept. Publishers might, for example, delay release of popular new e-books to libraries, forcing those who want to read the book …
Information technology cuts across all industries and there is an ever increasing demand for experts in the this field. Schools are using more technological teaching aids, there are e-learning programs, hospitals have very advanced medical technology while the governments need to disseminate and store large volumes of data. These are just a few examples of how technology has permeated our institutions with more growth expected.
The demand for qualified personnel with information technology certification is growing by the day. Areas of specialization are also increasing and universities and colleges are constantly researching to ensure that the programs they offer remain relevant and are value adding. IT is not only about the use of existing technology but also about innovation, development and adaptation of technology to fill existing gaps.
Information technology certification programs are offered in virtually all colleges and universities. IT certifications are professional certifications in computer and related technology. They are analogous to what ACCA certification is to accountants. Due to the changes in IT, some information technology certifications need to be updated or reviewed. This is more so for certifications related to products or services offered by a certain company.
There are numerous specialty fields in IT certifications. Field of study and specialization include; data base management, information systems analysts, information systems auditing, software engineering and network administration. Most certification programs have stages where one can move from one level to a higher one gaining various skills and competencies. Very few of these programs are a one time thing.
Being at the heart of e-learning, information technology certifications are available online. There are hundreds of schools and programs available online and what is required is to ensure that the certification you get at the end of the program is acceptable in the job market. Not only online but even some on-campus programs are not relevant to today’s industry. Colleges, technical schools and universities should invest resources in research to ensure their programs are up-to-date.
Another way for colleges, schools and universities to remain relevant and offer value added IT certification programs is to establish research and development centre for staff and students. Information technology is a hands-on field and students ought to be given an opportunity to study, research and develop relevant technology in their fields of interest. This will help the universities and colleges benefit from peer sharing knowledge and the great potential held by learners. Not only will the students get a platform to practice innovation, but the college benefits from the outcome – directly or indirectly.
Information technology certifications are also suitable for those who wish to gain meaningful understanding of the field. Others who would benefit are those that are looking for a change of career. A good way to make a transition from a different line to IT would be to first get into accredited certification programs as you plan to pursue more academic programs later. Professionals such as auditors need to get training in this field in order to remain relevant in their careers.…