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  • Trends come and go even in the data center world. These trends consist of everything from reconfiguring the center for energy efficiency to taking new security measures in light of the National Security Agency’s spying controversy. Data center managers and IT administrators have a lot to think about and often approach problems in a strategic way. Admins and managers have numerous operational choices to consider, and the cost of upgrading and expanding the data center relies heavily on the business’s return on investment. Some trends stay on point, such as the need for improved energy efficiency. However, other trends remain optional, such as choosing a hybrid cloud environment. With a clear road map and new trends presenting greater benefits, the IT world seems brighter than ever. The Top 5 Data Center Trends for IT Directors and Admins 1. Virtualization This first trend optimizes the data center in a variety of ways: It saves money, reduces energy consumption and decreases the need for large space. Both large and small data centers everywhere have jumped on the virtualization bandwagon, making this trend the top choice among admins and managers. Although managers have to choose the appropriate software and spend money to move to virtualization, it pays for itself in the end with reduced energy and operational costs. 2. Cloud Computing Some data center managers consider cloud computing only as an option, whereas others see it as part of a viable solution for modernizing the business. The cloud trend has ramped up and adds value to many data centers. As a data center requires constant updates and changes its goals, so does cloud computing. It allows a data center to grow without the need to purchase costly programs and new software licenses. Cloud computing also lets the business do more work in less...
  • Standardized devices only go so far in the commercial and industrial sectors, and more and more businesses are becoming jaded by the limitations enforced by consumer-driven products. But what can be done to transform your business technology solutions? Rugged technologies offer a tougher alternative to standardized devices, and can be particularly useful in field-based organizations in the military, oil, gas and utility industries. Thanks to the enhanced features and functionality of rugged devices, businesses can quickly increase productivity and lower inventory costs that can often leave companies struggling to break even. But how what other benefits can businesses look forward to in their transition from consumer-driven to rugged tech? Take on any environment Standardized equipment is only designed for individual use and can quickly falter if used in the harsh conditions found in commercial and industrial sectors. Rugged devices have been specially adapted and developed to survive in the most extreme scenarios and both their internal and external components are particularly durable. Thanks to their toughened design and specially engineered components, rugged devices are resistant to excess heat, plummeting temperatures, increased vibration, dusty conditions and static electricity, meaning field workers can rely on a high performance system in the most violate environments. Rugged devices are also drop resistant with their durable casing providing sealed conditions for the components within. Deliver data, security and functionality in the toughest mobile environments and keep customers satisfied wherever you are with ruggedized technology. Enhance accuracy and boost workflow For many field workers, the use of standardized gadgets can cause a major inconvenience as many employees have to return to their vehicles to update notes and recall information from memory, which may influence the accuracy of the information gathered. Whilst rugged portable workstations do not allow workers to make notes in the field, handheld and...
  • 1. Heart Rate Monitor With wearable computing being a very popular trend Samsung is particularly proud that it’s the first to put a heart rate sensor into a smartphone. The sensor is located right under the back camera. 2. Water and dust resistant People are happy about this who by accident has not dropped their phone in water. 3. Fingerprint Sensor You can use the fingerprint sensor to authorize payments and sign in to apps and services. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into a huge security disaster. Samsung promises that your fingerprint patterns will never be uploaded off the device 4. Kid Mode We’ve seen this on Windows Phone already, but Kid mode lets you decide which apps, games and features are appropriate for your children so they stay safe when they get their hands on your phone and your phone stays safe too. 5. Power-Saving Mode The screen goes black-and-white only, and all non-essential apps and services are killed, allowing the last 10 percent of your battery to power your phone through an incredible 24 hours. You can remain accessible via calls and text messages, which is what you need most in an emergency. 6. Combine Wi-Fi and LTE Data For Faster Downloads For those occasions when either one of those services can’t provide enough bandwidth you can use them both simultaneously. 7. The camera has a 0.3-second autofocus lag Samsung claims a 0.3-second focus lag will prevent focusing issues due to movement. 8. New UI Some developers are not pleased with the TouchWiz UI so a new one has been born. 9. Bonus Features It seems as though owners of a Galaxy S5 will receive a few bonus features and privileges from major app makers including LinkedIn, PayPal, Evernote, Box, and the Wall Street Journal. 10. Private Mode...
  • February 19, 2014

    Finding The Best Laptop Screen Deals Online

    With the fast pace of our technology these days, why do you think people are still not satisfied of what they have out of these high-end technology gadgets or products? Of course, every person wants to have the best and eventually these people require something that can definitely seal their contentment. A laptop is one of the major technology devices that have an account of a fast progression in the world of information technology and communication. The emergence of the laptops main features is usually perceived through its screen. It is important that the quality of the laptop screens or monitors must be good and durable. As we know, laptop systems are very much delicate and if not handled properly, a scratch on the screen or even a simple fall will directly ruin it. If the screen has less destruction, you can still have the option to either make a replacement. Technology savvy individuals are very much particular on the type or quality of the laptop screens they are using. Sometimes they prefer to purchase a better LCD Screen as replacement for the old ones or those that they recently bought attached with the new laptop. From time to time, upgrading screen laptops into its totally new model can oblige you to spend a lot of money. These are several reasons if you want to find a better quality but not too pricey laptop screens or LCD screen replacements you need to know effective ways on how to find the best laptop screen deals online. There are plenty of new and known best model LCD laptop screens on the market depending on the brand it has been associated with. Product reviews form Ebay, Best Buy or Amazon can also be a great help in finding these best screen deals online....
  • October 3, 2013

    Control Your PC With Gestures Only

    Fed up with your keyboard? Tired of controlling your computer with the help of different keys combinations and your tiny computer mouse? Then you’ll definitely like the gadget described here! Enter the information with the help of Leap Motion  – a new controller that will help you manage your PC with gestures only. You will not even need to touch it anymore! Among many devices to enter the information, Leap Motion can be deservedly called the best and most unusual one. A good news is that this device is available for users already. If we consider that the development of such a device and its adaptation for Windows and Mac OS were held by a big group of programmers, and its release had been postponed several times, then users can get a quite good product today. This controller is a small USB-device, which working part creates a 3D-region in the form of an imaginary cube above a user’s table. There is a “seizure” of gestures and tracking of objects’ movements in this space, that are converted into commands equal to those that can be created by using a mouse or touchpad. And if Leap Motion can not completely replace these controls yet, it can easily take a seat next to them at least.   The closest analogue of Leap Motion is Microsoft Kinect, that uses a similar technology, but it needs a space of a room to recognize all gestures. Moreover, it can easily miss all smaller gestures. Leap Motion has a totally different level of specification suitable for the work with texts, graphics software, and virtual keyboards. So, as you can see, you can easily control your PC with gestures now! Did you find this gadget interesting enough to try? Leap Motion Controller is now available for just $80...
  • October 1, 2013

    Extended Disk Volume Remain Wrong Size

    The stated cause being “This problem occurs because the NTFS driver exhausts its resources when it tries to extend the volume.” The KB also details how to fix.  But I’ll include the four step fix that worked for me here too: Open an administrative Command Prompt (Right click “Command Prompt” and select “Run as Administrator”) and Run Diskpart At the DISKPART> prompt, enter list volume select volume # (where # is the number of the incorrect volume) extend filesystem Now the file system size should match the extended partition size. KB832316 – The partition size is extended, but the file system remains the original size  when you extend an NTFS volume
  • September 18, 2013

    Handle Solid State Drive The Right Way

    Solid-state drive is becoming the favorite of geeks. In few years from now, mechanical-magnetic hard drives will be replaced by SSD. Although solid-state drives are presented to the users in the say as the traditional magnetic hard drives, but they work quite differently. For any geek out there, it is important to know how to handle SSDs. More importantly, you need to know what you shouldn’t do with your Solid State Drive. Here are few things jotted down, which you shouldn’t do! Defragmenting is No-No! Defragmentation has always been recommended in a magnetic drive for organizing the files better. However, doing the same in a solid-state drive can make unnecessary wear and tear of the drive that reduces life span of the drive. Moreover, it is not actually required in this kind of drive because of the efficient way that the SSD technology functions with. When a user tries to fetch a data from a SSD drive, it reads the scattered block of files with the same pace as it would do with the blocks that are placed closely. Don’t use wiping tools. Usually, ‘delete’ function is little different in magnetic drives. Don’t think that your deleted file cannot be recovered from the magnetic drives. When a file is deleted from the drive, the sector is marked as deleted, but the file doesn’t wipe off until another file is overwritten on the same sector. This shows that there are chances that a file can be recovered, even after deletion, which is why magnetic drive users make use of wiping tools like CCleaner, before disposing their old drives. Before disposal of any magnetic drive always wipe hard drive for security. SSDs support TRIM and upon deletion of a file, the operating system will send out a signal to the solid-state drive, letting...
  • HP Envy Ultrabook series of laptops is well-known for its performance and in very slim and is made up of very light weight material. It makes sure to provide you with a very clear display. The appearance of this device is also known to be the best. The HP Envy 6-1001TU Ultra book is backed by an Intel 2nd generation processor. It makes sure to be very useful for domestic purpose as well as for official purpose. The operating system is of Windows 7 Home Basic. It is known to be very ideal for the use of students as well as for professionals. Design and build quality – This model of HP laptop is known for its shiny design. It is very easily portable as it weighs only about 2 Kgs. The dimension of this device is 373.88 x 252.73 x 19.81 mm. The display screen is about 15.6 inches and is equipped with sophisticated glossy bezel casing. The keyboard included in this device facilitates easy typing because it is well-spaced. The touchpad is also very smooth. Also there are enough connectivity ports. The material used for making this laptop has proved to be very durable and you can use it for daily use without any tension. User Interface – The operating system included in this device is the Windows 7 Home Basic, which is proved to be the best and the applications will be extremely useful. You can very easily access different programs. The type of processor used is second generation Intel Core i3-2367M processor. Performance – The performance of this laptop is known to be the best. The display screen is wide enough through which numerous applications can be viewed with ease and delivers clear quality. The display resolution is about 1366 x 768 pixels. It is also...
  • U.S. company Apple and its Asian suppliers are testing enhanced screens for smartphones and tablets iPhone iPad, according to the publication The Wall Street Journal. The company decided to take this experiment because of the high competition in the mobile market. A few months ago, Apple has ordered screen prototypes for a smartphone and a tablet from Asian counterparties which are more than 4 and less than 14 inches in diagonal, respectively, according to Asian suppliers of the company. It is clearly a more current screen size that Apple gadgets have nowadays: iPhone 5 has 4 inches diagonal, iPad – 9,7 inches, and iPad Mini – 7,9 inch. It is unknown there will be gadgets with larger displays or not on the market: Apple regularly tests different designs of its products during development. Last year the corporation has already shown results of such experiments, releasing the iPhone 5 with enlarged display and a mini-version of the tablet iPad. Experimenting with display sizes of their tablets and smartphones, Apple is searching for recourses to answer the different needs of customers. The competition in the mobile market encourages the company to expand the proposal. Other producers, including the South Korean company Samsung, have been producing electronic gadgets of all sizes for a long time. In particular, smartphones with screen sizes of more than 5 inches or phablets , which are hybrids smartphone and tablet , are the most popular between users today. One of the most popular gadgets of this format is the smartphone Samsung Galaxy Note, the latest version of a diagonal of 5.3 inches. Because of this strategy, Samsung has managed to get ahead of Apple in the smartphone market. According to research firm Strategy Analytics, in the first quarter of 2013, Samsung was the leading smartphone manufacturer with 33.1%...