30
Jun

What You Should Look for in Your Microsoft Office Support Package

c20For many businesses moving over to cloud computing options, the process can be daunting and present many potential hiccups. Regardless of this, there are many benefits to these new solutions that have meant that companies are making the leap anyway, reaping numerous rewards such as improved efficiency and greater collaboration in the workplace.

With that said, often a great level of support is required when initially migrating to these services and in the first phases of getting to grips with them. Furthermore, ongoing support can be considered extremely valuable in many instances.

One of the most popular cloud tools available today is Microsoft Office 365, which is a cloud based application including a variety of Office tools. This has numerous advantages, including the familiar Office applications in a more collaborative and accessible package that also feature frequent updates and improvements without the need to purchase an entirely new package.

Again, moving over to this collection of cloud tools can be stressful and difficult for some businesses, and investing in a support service can have untold benefits. Regardless of what your company hopes to achieve from

21
Jun

Top 5 Cutting Edge Telematics Trends to Watch For

c19The latest telematics market trends continue to point towards providing in-car connectivity and by 2016 2G network connectivity will be a thing of the past. Therefore, it goes without saying that there’s a huge market potential that still remains untapped as far as the telematics ecosystem is concerned.

In the recent past, we have seen that providing connected cars has taken a new momentum and every car maker is gearing up to facilitate connectivity that offers powerful network technologies even as faster networks like 3G and 4G are emerging. For example technologies supporting real-time driver safety instruction, fleet maintenance programs, including fuel and productivity tools are now available worldwide for vehicle users to peruse – all this at the same price points as previous years’ tech.

According to Ernst & Young, by the year 2025 the market penetration statistics is expected to be 88% for new cars. This is a new paradigm shift as far as in-car connectivity of integrated telematics is concerned. In the US alone, by 2025, 16 million new cars are going to be equipped with embedded telematics. Let’s quickly take

14
Jun

How a Computer Repairs Service Can Save Your Business Time and Money

c18IT plays a crucial role in many different types of business today, ranging from start-ups and solo enterprises right through to the huge multinationals that dominate the marketplace. Regardless of the scale and industry of the business, great IT support is often the linchpin that keeps these enterprises functioning as well as they should.

A significant part of this aspect of business is ensuring that all IT equipment is running effectively and correctly at all times. Whether this means that communication devices such as phones and tablets are functioning optimally, or whether more complex computers are running without a hitch, having equipment that works well all of the time is very important.

There are many reasons, therefore, why investing in a computer repairs service is fundamentally important for business. Although it is tempting for companies to just run to the nearest expert or service provider in times of need, this lack of planning and foresight can be costly for business.

This is true for several different reasons, the first being that this can result in unnecessary delays and the loss of productivity in the workplace.

4
Jun

The Signs of a Great Cloud Computing Consultancy Firm

c17Many of us today in the business world are familiar with cloud computing and the purported benefits that it can bring to our companies. From easy to use and increasingly collaborative office tools right through to accounting and inventory solutions, there are more great cloud computing offerings that ever before vying for our attention.

Indeed, implementing the right cloud tools for any particular business can lead to great rewards, including greater efficiency, more employee satisfaction in the workplace and greater productivity. All of this as a whole leads to greater profits and better competitiveness in a saturated global marketplace.

However, chances are that if you are thinking about implementing cloud solutions, you will need to find an expert to assist you. This can mean finding expert to help you migrate over to cloud services and it can mean an expert to provide you with emergency support and assistance as and when you need it.

With many cloud computing providers around today dealing with needs like these, it helps to know how to recognise a great company to hire. Here are the signs of a great

29
May

The New Era of Computers

c16The new era of computers has changed the way people communicate versus decades ago. The digital age has shifted from a traditional industry to an economy that is based on computerized information. The World Wide Web has existed since 1969, and is now globalized, accelerating the flow of information and pushing older forms of media into obsolescence. A computer is an electronic device used for storing and processing data. Almost, everything that is an electronic is made or run by computers. These devices have become a popular way to permanently accumulate collaborative information. Businesses have become dependent on this type of digital machine to store their files, complete daily task, and keep track of payroll. Practically, every home is equipped with some type of computerized mechanism. People are now using these types of electronic devices to share or exchange information, versus the traditional way when people had face to face conversations. The new era of computers has caused people to interact and facilitate relationships by using online dating, social media, and video conferencing.

Online dating sites are now playing a prominent role when

20
May

4 Types of Connectivity With Industrial Ruggedness

c15Connectivity is crucial for all types of data networks. Data networks evolve over time as technology improves; it is often necessary to connect legacy copper-wired serial communications to modern TCP/IP communications through more advanced media such as optical fiber. Moreover, many different types of data formats, standards, media and connectors are often mixed and used together within a single data network. Examples of different types of standards and protocols include physical-layer standards, such as RS-232, RS-485, RS-422, TTL, USB, and TCP/IP, and higher-level protocols, such as Profibus, Interbus, Modbus, BACnet, and Modbus TCP/IP. Copper wires and optical fibers are typical examples of different media; and there are dozens of different connectors used for machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity and data communication systems, including DB9, DB25, USB type A, USB type B, mini USB, micro USB, terminal blocks, RJ11, RJ45, and ST, SC, FC, and LC connectors for fiber optic products.

Data networks perform many important tasks, including industrial automation (production, processing, monitoring, etc.), building automation (heating, ventilation, air conditioning [HVAC]; security systems; surveillance systems; etc.), motor control, and motion control. The costs for data equipment

13
May

Protect Your Assets With Optical Isolators and Surge Protectors

c14The world of data communication is busy, even noisy. Industrial communication systems, such as balanced RS-485 / RS-422, often require transmission between multiple devices over long distances. While having many devices communicating with each other on the same twisted-pair cable is robust and cost-effective, it also introduces two major challenges:

    1. Because of the long distances and the surrounding electrical devices/equipment, RS-485 / RS-422 networks are often exposed to electrical noises, remote lightning, and line surges, which can cause transient voltage to run across the serial communication system and the valuable equipment.

 

  1. Because multiple devices (nodes) are connected, the ground potential at different nodes could be different, which can cause ground currents to flow through “the path of least resistance” via either the common earth ground or the ground wire.

Both voltage and current surges can cause serious damage to valuable, mission-critical equipment such as computers, PLCs, and industrial manufacturing and data processing equipment; these surges can even endanger human lives. Ground loop problems also exist on unbalanced signals that rely on the ground pin being zero volts, such as RS-232 and USB.

There are a few

4
May

5 Ways to Extend Your Data Communications Without Limits

c13Your network is only as effective as its reach – yet unbalanced signals such as USB and RS-232 can reliably transmit only up to 15 feet, and even balanced Ethernet signals are capped at 300 feet. With a growing range of connectivity platforms, modern data networks require not just compatibility and reliability but also flexibility and expandability. There are many ideal solutions to meet modern networks’ data distance needs such as converting unbalanced signals to balanced ones, deploying repeaters to boost signal strength, and implementing hubs for star-configured connections, while still taking full advantage of cost-effective and readily available copper wire. For large systems that go far beyond what copper wires can reach, fibre-optic converters can used to work in both conventional point-to-point and advanced daisy-chain / redundant-ring configurations, giving your data network a boost in distance, ranging from 3 miles to hundreds of miles, and additional flexibility, reliability, and expandability. The use of a Serial-TCP program is another ideal solution for merging serial communication protocols with modern TCP/IP communication, yielding benefits such as widely available infrastructures and greater distance, reliability, and

28
Apr

4 Uses Of Fiber Optic Cables

c12If you ask many people, they will tell you that they know fiber optic cables for their use in computers. While they are heavily used in that area, they are also heavily used in other areas including:

Cable television

I know that you can’t get off the couch due to your favorite program. Did you know that you are receiving the signals courtesy of fiber optic cables? Telecommunication companies are now heavily using the cables as they have greater speeds and bandwidth. The cables are also cheaper compared to copper wires.

Telecommunication companies are also heavily using the cables in speeding up communication in telephones. Due to their installation, you are able to connect faster and have clear conversations regardless of where you are calling from.

Medical applications

Fiber optic cables are widely used in medicine and research. In medicine, they are majorly used in intrusive surgical methods where it’s used in reducing the number and sizes of incisions. The cables are also used in biomedical research where they are used in the field of prosthetics where the researchers are working in developing real-feel prosthetics. Researchers are

19
Apr

Bose SoundSport Wireless Review

c11The Bose SoundSport Wirelesst is essentially an “open” ear-bud style headphone that effectively isolates noise. It is an in-ear headphone designed for those who don’t wish to get their eartips jammed way into their ears. Thus the buds remain loosely in your ears, held in place by means of proprietary StayHear tips that are is made in a particular shape, in order to act as a soft seal at the opening of your canal, thereby helping to improve audio performance. Plus, there is a flexible wing that makes use of the ridge of the ear for active support, thereby imparting appreciably improved stability without the need to force the tips in.

Design and Features

StayHear tips work well your ears, keeping the buds securely and comfortably locked in, even while you are jogging. However, the open design can let in ambient sounds, so they aren’t much good when you are in a noisy environment. The Bose SoundSport Wirelesst comes with a unique sport version of the Stay-Hear tips that conforms to any ear shape, and remain in place comfortably, throughout the day. They are

12
Apr

The Meaning of PCI

c10The term PCI stands for Payment Card Industry, and we all are quite familiar with the different types of credit card / payment solution companies available, like Master Card, PayPal, and Visa etc. This article will further discuss how these companies manage their security of card holders’ data.

These companies run under the standards of PCI DSS, which stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. According to these standards, the information of card holders are to be kept secured.

History of PCI DSS

There are Five programs:

1. American Express’ Data Security Operating Policy
2. Discover’s Information Security and Compliance
3. JCB’s Data Security Program
4. Master Card’s Site Data Protection
5. Visa’s Card holder Information Security Program

They were initiated by these credit card companies.The intention of each company was nearly the same; and that was, to develop an additional layer of protection for card holders and card issuers, by making sure that merchants meet the minimum levels of security when processing, storing and transmitting credit card data.

These same ideas led to the formation of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), and

4
Apr

PCI SAQ (Self Assessment Questionnaire) What Is It

c9The PCI compliance Self Assessment Questionnaire needs to be completed by merchants every 12 months, and is the most comprehensive way to check if your business is PCI compliant.

It’s likely that in recent months you’ve heard of a business suffering a breach of its customers payment card data. It occurs so often now, we all hear about it, and forget about the event quickly.

A 2015 study by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that US$16 billion was stolen from 12.7 million consumers in 2014 in the United States alone, that’s 1 in 100 people. There was a new identity fraud victim every two seconds in 2014.

There is just one set of recognized standards to protect your business from these attacks: the Payment Card Data Security Standard (PCI DSS, known as PCI Compliance).

Not being PCI compliant doesn’t only betray your customers’ trust, but breaches will subject your business to steep fines and expenses.

Keeping your business in-line, however, is easier than you think.

How to complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) – To become PCI compliant, your business needs to meet the standards set according to the

28
Mar

When Do You Need to Run a PCI Scan

c8The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) requires the merchants dealing with credit card holder data to perform regular vulnerability scans, in order to keep their security flaws covered. Merchants often come with a question, “When do you need to run a PCI Scan?” the answer to this question is quite simple.

What are the Requirements of the PCI DSS for Vulnerability Scans?

In order to know when the PCI Scan is required, we should know about the PCI DSS requirements first. The PCI DSS requires merchants to run both “Internal and External” vulnerability scans, in order to keep the credit card holder information system up to current security standards.

External Scans: External scans should be conducted from the outside of the organization and must include all the external IP addresses. These scans will help you to know about vulnerabilities in your security system that might be breached by the hackers to get hold of the sensitive credit card holder data.

Internal Scans: Internal scans must be performed from inside the organization’s network from multiple locations to know about the security system within the

21
Mar

USB Memory Sticks Advantages Over Disc Formats

c7USB sticks, or flash drives as they are also known, are becoming an ever more popular format for the transfer of data between businesses and also to for business promotion to potential customers. At the current time of creating of this article (March 2016), memory sticks that are capable of holding as much as 512 GB of data can be purchased easily on-line at a surprisingly low cost. Amazingly, a USB drive that will hold 1TB of data can also be obtained, but currently, these are expensive. The rate of technological advance will mean that the current high price will tumble over the next twelve months as order numbers grow and manufacturing costs are lowered due to bulk purchases.

A 512 GB USB stick can contain the same amount of information as over 20 regular Blu-ray DVD discs. The format may currently be a little more costly than the Blu-ray DVD discs but there is little to compare in terms of the convenience of the format as opposed to a pile of Blu-ray DVDs. The USB drive occupies little space and can be

11
Mar

Data Center, Server, Computer and Laptop Hard Drive Destruction

c6An extensive title, but it is all-encompassing none the less. In my 14 plus years of touching devices, I can say that I have seen and felt thousands of pieces of equipment. Though the scenarios in which I am working with the different types of equipment, and the clients certainly do vary. So what are some of the situations that allow for me to handle these various pieces of equipment? Good question, so here is my short list… data center relocations, A/V relocations, data center decommissioning, and green recycling projects.

I would attest that physical security in my field of work is number one, and my clients feel the same way. My thought is the people I work with are so aware (nervous) about chain of custody, CYA, and the end result being nothing less than exceptional. This is no matter the scope of work we are performing. I often find myself hearing clients expressing in a subtle way that they really want to know I care about their project, reputation, and it’s not just about hitting their wallets as hard and fast

4
Mar

LI-FI An Economical and Eco Friendly Alternative

c5With the advances in technology, every day a new idea is being nurtured in some one’s mind that might change the way we function. One such ground breaking idea popped in the mind of a brilliant Professor in University of Edinburg, UK, Harald Haas back in 2003. His idea was to use Light Emitting Diodes as a medium to transfer data from one system to another. This topic became widely popular after his TED Talk in 2011.

Now, the question of the hour is what exactly is LI FI?

LI-FI is a short hand representation for Light Fidelity. Fidelity as per a dictionary is being faithful. As per its name, it can be safely said that this technology functions on light.

In simple terms, it is a possible alternate to Wi-Fi. While Wi-Fi uses radio signals wirelessly, LI-FI is the concept of using visible Light Spectrum.

Getting into details, LI-FI works with the LED lights that are turned into wireless transmitters. To receive data from these lights, we need a dongle of sorts, that acts like a modem. This dongle can be connected to a laptop

25
Feb

A Brief Introduction to Artificial Intelligence For Normal People

c4Lately, artificial intelligence has been very much the hot topic in Silicon Valley and the broader tech scene. To those of us involved in that scene it feels like an incredible momentum is building around the topic, with all kinds of companies building A.I. into the core of their business. There has also been a rise in A.I.-related university courses which is seeing a wave of extremely bright new talent rolling into the employment market. But this is not a simple case of confirmation bias – interest in the topic has been on the rise since mid-2014.

The noise around the subject is only going to increase, and for the layman it is all very confusing. Depending on what you read, it’s easy to believe that we’re headed for an apocalyptic Skynet-style obliteration at the hands of cold, calculating supercomputers, or that we’re all going to live forever as purely digital entities in some kind of cloud-based artificial world. In other words, either The Terminator or The Matrix are imminently about to become disturbingly prophetic.

Should we be worried or excited? And what does

18
Feb

What Is a QSA

c3Since the formation of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards back in 2004, PCI DSS has setup its requirement for financial service providers and large merchants to use QSAs to carry out onsite assessments and to check on Compliance and security. QSA stands for Qualified Security Assessors; it is a designation awarded to individuals by the PCI Security Standards Council, whom it finds qualifying to execute consulting services and PCI assessments.

Recently, PCI DSS has expanded to take in its guidelines for training QSAs and some other advancement. Still QSAs and the services they provide do vary a lot. With assessors, the thoroughness, methodologies, technical skills and some other areas differ a lot.

The PCI DSS V2.0

The PCI DSS v2.0 released on 30th October includes number of classifications and further areas of guidance for assessments. The standard according to new version states that the first step of any PCI DSS assess is to describe the scope of assessment, by pointing out clear maps (locations and flows) of cardholder information within a system.

A lot of organizations are not aware about every single location where the

12
Feb

Is PCI Compliance Expensive

c2There are a couple of reasons on which cost of PCI DSS Compliant depends, which includes the type of your business, annual number of transactions, current IT infrastructure, and the existing credit/debit card network of processing and storing data.

Possible PCI Compliance Fees

According to estimations, the largest merchants of nation, categorized as Level 1 merchants (having more than 6 million transactions a year), spent $125,000 assessing the possible required PCI related work and an addition of $568,000 to meet the PCI requirements.

Reports state that level one 1 merchant, a national retailer having 210 stores, spent about $500,000 to become compliant. Furthermore, Level 2 merchants carrying out annual transactions in between 1 and 6 million may require spending $105,000 for assessment and an addition of $267,000 for compliance.

Level 3 merchants carrying out e commerce transactions between 20,000 to1, 000,000 are supposed to spend $44, 000 for assessing and $81, 000 more for compliance. The level 4 merchants handling e commerce transactions below 20,000 have different prices to pay for being compliant, which depends on the type of business.

Additional Costs

The costs of being PCI Compliant

4
Feb

Should Everyone Become PCI Compliant

c1In PCI Compliance, there is a lot more to your business than your website. If your business is dealing with credit card numbers over phone, or carries out face-to-face transactions, or holds up records of credit card number; then all of this has nothing to do with your website and it is really necessary for your business to meet up with PCI requirements. Well, now a question might come in your mind that does every business needs to be PCI Compliant; the answer to it has already been given above. In this article you will find answers to the question that trouble you with PCI requirements.

Should I Be Worried About PCI Compliance?

A business receiving payments through credit cards from customers needs to be PCI compliant, even if that business gets paid via credit card once in a year. The number of transactions doesn’t matter at all, even if your website is accepting third party services like PayPal or Google Checkout you are required to be PCI Compliant because it is your business that is accepting payments via credit cards and not your