Consumers face the age-old battle of products versus services everyday without even realizing it because of clever marketing, business strategies and the way that buyers can now obtain goods that are only a tap-click away. Since purchases can be made at the speed of light over smartphone mobile apps, tablets and even over the old fashioned land-line upon viewing TV infomercials, it may be all the more necessary to take a moment to be thoughtful about what is actually being purchased. 5 services that are better than a consumable product include yard care, debt and finance management, extended warranties, software and subscriptions. [Read more…]
Website hosting, as we all know, have assumed a monumental status in recent times. Web hosts have scattered their branches to all places, thus creating an opportunity for many job seekers in the field of web hosting. Many web hosting companies have sprung up in recent times, thus ensuring the benefit of many people who were in need of something intellectual and creative, and at the same time, these companies have acted as a fuel to prosper the integrity of many websites, both personal as well as business-related, which would otherwise remain static in a state of obscurity. The best web hosting companies in the world have changed the face of modern day web marketing strategies. These companies supply services to their respective customers in return for a share of the respective database, or web server being created. Some of the best web hosting companies is as follows:
• Invision Power Services.
• The Planet Internet Services.
• Positive Internet.
These are the best web hosting companies, which provide the web hosting service to thousands of websites daily. One of the best companies among these is perhaps the Bluehost, which provides the cheapest web hosting service to its customers. As these companies are gaining prominence day by day, the web hosting servers are being loaded with more and more variety of collection of files. The database of the websites in such cases can then be updated daily with respect to the customer demands, and there are less chances of fraud in such cases, if a well-known company takes the reins in its hand.
Selecting the Web Hosting Companies
New business owners dream of developing their own small business and become their own boss. But you have to work hard for developing a new business. And one of the most important things new entrepreneurs must perform is that of creating a web site for the promotion of small business.
To design and create your website is not a simple task, but once it is ready, the procedure to find a host and also to load the website and making it live proves to be a tough task, especially for a beginners. Here are a few tips to be followed when choosing web hosting companies.
Getting Your Domain Name Free
A good web host service provides at least one free domain registration includes in their service. A domain name can be registered using one company, and web hosting can be bought from another, doing it simultaneously helps you for keeping track of everything altogether at one place.
As you check for possible web hosting companies, look for a company where a free domain registration is provided, and consider those who are offering domain service free for life. Normally a web host company that provides a free domain will pay domain registration fees for one year with ICANN, who coordinates all domain name systems. However, several web host companies provide free domain for life and for each of your annual domain registration pay the fees as they are due every year. You should make a point to get information about the ownership and rules about transfer of the domain name from the web hosting company.
Australia Censors The Net
From January the 20th new laws will come into effect after the South Australian government voted to put new censorship laws on the net. This will mainly affect entertainment companies who sell content but may affect content already on the world wide web.
Essentially, content providers will have to check the age of a user where necessary, i.e. whether a person is above 15 or 18, depending on the material being viewed. The Australian Communications and Media Authority will be able to force providers to remove content as well as links being deleted.
The restrictions apply to chatrooms, websites and mobile phone content. It has been stated that there will be an ‘opt out’ option for the restrictions, how this will be implemented however remains to be seen.
As part of a wider discourse on the web and how it should be used, I’m all for protecting children. However, surely the best form of protection would be to have an adult viewing material with their child? Chatrooms in particular are demonised on the internet – due to the fear of ‘predators’ lurking behind pseudonyms and fake i.d’s.
I’m all for protecting children as I said, however there are smarter ways to do it than putting a blanket like this over the internet. It also makes me concerned that more and more countries around the world are putting in place some kind of restriction on what we should view and read, and how we should interact with this information.
Reporters Without Borders is a group that hilights the ways in which the freedom of the press can be limited. This certainly applies to the internet, one of, historically, the most free arenas on Earth to state your beliefs.
The web is a genuinely amazing place. It has changed the way we communicate with one another whether it is through blogs, social networks, chat forums or even online phone calls like Skype. Nonetheless, governments haven’t been slow to see the trend, and many have already decided to use it to their own ends.
One example from Iran is the case of Mojtaba Saminejad, imprisoned since February 2005 for making available online material that is offensive to Islam. Of course, Iran being a Muslim state, one could argue that extra care is needed when being a digital (or other) author. But it begs the question of how are the government can go?
China however is the nation that continues to come under fire for particularly harsh regulations and restrictions on the internet. Originally, China was merely using a range of technologically high-tech means to monitor citizens (and in particular political dissidence) on the internet. However, this has recently changed.
More than 130 Chinese citizens have access to the internet, but rumour has it that more than 62 people (and some say this is an extremely conservative estimate) have been jailed for their views online. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe (not known for freedom of speech, press and human rights) is not in the due process required to purchase monitoring/censoring equipment from China.
A number of other nations are now at work to develop technology that bars pornography, political dissidence, web email systems, religious criticism and more. Ironically, the West even came in for criticism for shipping material that could be used to control citizens of other nations.
I truly believe in freedom of choice and expression and so I really do feel that this is a worrying trend – but it is one that is set to continue apace around the world.
The Amazing MagSafe Power Adapter
There is one more reason why I love my MacBook, even if its 512MB RAM gives me a headache at times: the MagSafe Power Adapter kicks “hopelessly ordinary” laptop adapter butt!
Mac users are aware that the beauty of the MagSafe Power Adapter lies in its ability to seamlessly come off one’s MacBook with a quiet click, saving the Mac user a few months of heartache had his or her MacBook come crashing to the ground and, though highly unlikely, rendered beyond repair.
And yet I only realized how truly amazing the MagSafe adapter was when one time I awoke to my floor becoming an indoor mini-pool after an hour of rain, which fell upon my world when I was deep in REM. [Read more…]
iPhone production levels to be bumped 100 percent
If success in the gadgets market can be measured solely on demand then it would be safe to assume that Apple’s iPhone is a runaway smash. The demand for Apple‘s so called “jesus phone” is so great that ithe company has already laid down plans to increase the level of production of iPhones by one hundred per cent. The said plan seeks to produce 2.7 million iPhones just for the last quarter, which is significantly larger than the original 1.54 million target. With the bump in the level of production, it is being seen that iPhones produced for this year will reach 4.8 million iPhones, which is markedly more than the 3.6 million initial target.
The iPhone is probably one of the fastest selling units of all time. I am thinking of getting one myself especially with the thought that it has already reached one million units sold way ahead of its schedule. Any way you look at it that is impressive.
It was only a matter of time, really…
Hackers have finally succeeded in unlocking the Apple iPhone, ending AT&T‘s exclusivity for the product that has become the biggest gadget must have of the year.
The dubious distinction of unlocking the iPhone has been earned by the team from iPhoneSIMFree.com. As proof of their success they posted pictures of the unlocked phone where it can be clearly seen that it is operating under the T-Mobile network. The team, said to be composed of six people, claimed that they worked on unlocking the iPhone since launch day and are quite proud of their feat. The group, however, have not indicated if they plan on releasing instructions or software to break the simlocks on the iPhone.
iMac Aluminum revealed
One of the things that I admire about Apple is that they never fail to release products that make you go “I want to buy that NOW!” I blame the near diabolical mind of Jonathan Ive and his team of industrial designers for consistently coming out with such mindblowing designs that make you want to whip out your credit card even without knowing the specs of the damn thing.
That tradition of giving us the WOW factor is still very alive when the company officially revealed the iMac Aluminum, ending months of speculation and rumors about the product.
The iMac aluminum comes in a, you guessed it, brushed aluminum finish and is as svelte as svelte can be. The unit, which will come in both 20″ and 24″ models, is one of the thinnest desktop computers in the market. I was quite awed by how thin they had managed to make this new iMac. It is so thin that I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of innovative heat dissipation methods they have used for this new iMac.
The iMac Aluminum will ship with an Intel Core2Duo processor, built in WiFi and camera, ATI Radeon graphics chip, and will also be bundled with iLife ’08. Oh, and to make the iMac more attractive and functional, it will come with an Apple Remote (it is a multimedia entertainment center!) and a newly redesigned Apple keyboard with an anodized aluminum enclosure and low profile keys that amps the cool factor. The iMac Aluminum will be priced at $1199, which makes it within reach of those impulse buyers at the mall.
[tags]Apple, iMac Aluminum, Intel[/tags]
Wii Fit aims to make you sweat
I’ve been working at home for the better part of a decade now. A lot of my friends tell me that they envy the fact that I can earn money while staying at home. They then cite all of the attendant benefits of telecommuting. I have to agree it does sound like a good setup, except for one glaring, undeniable downside to this whole gig. I have gotten FAT. Working at home means the most strenuous exercise you will probably get is that short walk to the fridge or the bathroom. I have so much work that going to the gym is not even an option.
That’s why I think the Nintendo Wii is such a godsend for us work at home drones. What better way to shed those pounds than play an actual “game” on your TV with a machine that actually prevents you from just sitting down? Great, eh?
Well, Nintendo does see some potential in the Wii as an actual fitness aide and they are reinforcing it with the announcement of the Wii Fit. This is a new game title, ok, exercise game that lets you do various exercises and physical mini games while monitoring your BMI (that’s body mass index for those who’ve never even seen the inside of a gym).
The Wii Fit will be used in tandem with a new peripheral, the Wii Balance Board that will detect how your weight shifts in response to the commands being issued on screen. The Wii Fit is scheduled for release in Japan at the latter part of the year and will have its US debut during the first or second quarter of 2008.
Until then, I’ll just need to diet and walk up and down the stairs.
MADtv Parody: Apple iRack
The issue of the Iraq war and how things over there have become uglier and uglier for American troops, the current Bush Administration and the over-all image of the United States worldwide have been the subject of much discussions from traditional media, the blogosphere, the punditocracy and the public at large.
However, all this talk has been confined to the real of mainstream media and news. The techies and geeks of the ‘Web 2.0 world’ seemed to have been on the sidelines and have not contributed much to the discussions.
Probably because there are still that do not understand the over-all picture. It’s not because they’re totally apolitical, maybe the subject has been less appealing to the geek and techie world because of the language being used. So for the benefit of the many techies out there, here’s what’s going on in Iraq and how the Bush administration has been fumbling with it.
A parody by MAD TV that pokes an eye of both the Bush Administration and Apple.
Wasn’t the “iRan” a bombshell?