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  • March 22, 2019

    The Technology Behind a Live Casino

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  • January 18, 2018

    Smart Buildings and Green Technology

    The green technology involves methods, materials, and techniques that are used for producing energy in an environmentally friendly way.  The field has also intertwined with business establishments that are, lately,  incorporating sustainable factor more and more.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report in 2011, approximately 3/4 of business organizations in the United States claimed they used at least one green technology. Most of those were energy efficient measures that guarantee energy savings (57 percent) and those minimizing waste production (55 percent). Intensive climate changes have brought outstanding attention to green technology with an emphasis on sustainable building. Smart building How sustainable building includes intelligent structures Sustainable building is a building concept that inevitably includes efficiency of resources and eco-friendly design and building process. Smart building philosophy fits that idea; it is a structure that is fully automated and monitors/controls operations in building such as heating, air conditioning, lighting, ventilation and other systems that use power.  Intelligent buildings utilize sensors to gather data about the activities taking place inside the structure and manage them according to property’s function and needs. This smart infrastructure helps reduce excessive energy consumption, maximizes space usage and minimizes the harmful environmental impact of the building. Roughly speaking, smart buildings increase the productivity of residents with lower energy costs, higher life quality and reduced environmental footprint. There is a significant difference between conventional construction methods and smart ones. The main thing which distinguishes them is dynamism; conventional buildings are static and primarily serve as shelters while smart buildings perform as dynamic systems that focus on continually improving life quality. Composition of smart buildings; materials contributing to sustainability Advancement of green technology brought us closer to sci-fi architecture. Smart buildings use sustainable, intelligent materials that do not only last long but are also durable and...
  • 2017 has already featured plenty of great tech trends. We’ve seen exciting new things in the world of gadgets and gaming alike. But there are still plenty of trends left in the tank to keep tech geeks satisfied until the end of the year. If you have the skills and interest in AI, there are trending artificial intelligence companies that are developing intelligent technology and services. What are some top technology trends that will dominate the rest of 2017? Here are five that are sure to be on everyone’s lips. Driving without a driver The rest of 2017 might finally be the time when driverless cars make their breakthrough. It’s been a long time coming and it has made Silicon Valley clash with automakers in Detroit – however, the technology has been improving in leaps and bounds. It’s likely the numbers won’t go much beyond their thousands but once this revolution gets underway, it’ll be tough to stop it. Juniper Research thinks there will be 14.5 million driverless cars by 2025. Wearables become more commonplace Smart wearables actually suffered slightly in terms of popularity last year, but the technology is likely to boom once more in 2017. Just consider the fact that CES will this year feature 82 vendors presenting their wearable technologies! In terms of the technology, the focus will be increasingly on health aspects instead of just communication or information. New competitors for Fitbit and the Polar are likely going to start luring in consumers with increasingly sophisticated wearables. Cloud computing to take over Cloud computing is going to continue its victory march and take over the way we store and use data. Already, we have started keeping our games in cloud storage and even our photos are often not physically on our computers. Since cloud computing is such...
  • Technology and business have always had a tight connection. However, it was until recently that advanced technology became a vital component of any type of company or enterprise. Technology has completely changed the way we conduct business. Startups use websites, computers, personal digital products and cloud services to create competitive advantages in today’s economic marketplace. Owners should think of implementing advanced technology into their business model, and thus work with the best technology available. Introducing “The Cloud” There are lots of technological advances that impact today’s business ecosystem. However, nothing beats “the cloud”. This pioneering technology broke barriers between startups and companies with huge budgets because it took out the need of advanced investments in infrastructure. Within the cloud, any type of business benefits from super cheap, highly-efficient enterprise-level IT infrastructure. The cloud offers excellent scalability, too. Companies now have the possibility of upgrading their infrastructure on a budget (per-need basis), without having to worry about making bad investments. Upfront costs are greatly reduced, and operating costs diminish in the long run because there’s no longer a need for in-house statistics. Subscription-based software, made possible because of the cloud, is yet another factor that makes the cloud so appreciated by today’s thriving companies. Outsourcing More affordable software and no in-house infrastructure are not the sole benefits of the cloud. Outsourcing has recently penetrated the workforce and it has proven to have lots of unexpected advantages. Prior to the cloud, needing a special kind of services usually involved finding a skilled person who could cater to that need; the interviewing process often took a lot of time, and in the end companies ended up hiring an employee they wouldn’t require after 2-3 months. Outsourcing has completely changed the way people do business. Off-site workers are increasing in popularity, and there are...
  • ATLANTA –  Seeking reliable backup communication in a crisis, emergency managers are finding new solutions in an old technology: ham radio. “It’s just another avenue, another opportunity for us to be able to communicate,” said Herb Schraufnagel, public safety captain with Emory University Hospital Midtown. Emory HealthCare is among a growing number of hospital systems to adopt ham radio. Hospital administrators and government officials took a lesson from Hurricane Katrina, which left some Gulf Coast medical centers isolated from the outside world, as landlines and cell towers failed. When power, phone and Internet services go down, a battery-powered amateur radio and portable antenna can provide that crucial link to the outside world. “Ham radio will never die,” said Barry Thomas, Sr., a ham radio enthusiast and employee at Emory University Hospital Midtown. “The quickest means of communication is Morse Code. It’ll get out when none of this will,” Thomas said, referring to a room filled with computers and smartphones.’ “It is interesting that some of the technology that has been around for 80, 90, 100 years is still relevant,” said John Davis, a ham radio enthusiast. In addition to major hurricanes, Davis says the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 rekindled interest in ham radio as a public safety tool. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) has set up a permanent ham radio station in its command center. “We look at ham radio operators just like GEMA staff, just like DOT staff and Georgia State Patrol staff,” said GEMA Director Charlie English. “They are a critical partner with us.” The number of ham radio licenses is at an all-time high in the U.S. (723,182, as of April, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data compiled by Joe Speroni of the Amateur Radio Education Web Site, ah0a.org. “I really hope that it stays relevant and that we can be a resource to...
  • March 10, 2014

    Technology Requirements In Business

    Investing new technology for your business can be a confusing task because you cannot often determine what is absolutely necessary for your business and what you can afford to have without making much of a difference to the business. There are many different systems that can promote productivity and efficiency in the office so it is crucial that you decide on what your business needs and what can be put on a backburner for the time being. To make that distinction, below are some of the technologies that you must absolutely not ignore: VoIP phone services To communicate with your customers as well as suppliers you need a reliable phone system. Whether small or large, many businesses these days prefer VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) broadband phone services to traditional hard-line phone systems. You can easily integrate new features into your existing VoIP system without the need to install hardware or even engage grouchy technicians. Communication provided by VoIP is flexible and efficient and it is very economical for the business. Cloud storage system Business users can migrate applications to the cloud and also utilize it for many very capabilities. It is advisable to use the cloud for storage and disaster recovery. In case of power outage, power surge or any other disaster when the systems in the facility are inoperable, you can still access important content. Tablet computers Many small businesses owners really favour tablets because they are portable and compact, boot rather quickly and have a long battery life. For people who are out on the field most of the day, a tablet enables you to be connected without having to carry around a relatively heavier laptop. That apart, tablet PCs have fast been replacing traditional equipment like scanners, fax machines or even cash registers. Accounts on Social media...
  • With accessibility to television and film becoming more convenient for the active person, is the TV and Cinema experience declining? Attending the cinema has always been considered a social experience, then during the 1970s -80s when home video and TV boomed, the audience-film experiences became reduced to a domestic one. Many film scholars felt the cinema had died because people found the conveniences of watching movies at home with their friends and families more appealing. Could the domestic TV experience now be on its way out too? With the release of devices like myTV2GO-M Plug and Play Freeview DVB-T Tuners it is possible to watch and record TV/film from your ipads and iphones. So watching television is going to be even more secluded to the individual, almost resembling a book reading experience. I guess another argument could be made for the potential decline of book reading. If people now have access to television and movies when commuting to work or lying in bed, what is preventing the possibility of book reading losing its already reduced demand? When one medium goes through a popularity demotion, this usually causes a domino effect, resulting in even less fashionable mediums declining even more. It’s not credible to have TV/Films screened on mobile devices!? Film/TV critics and essayist have been quite consistent in mocking the idea of viewing a film from a mobile device, filmmaker David Lynch famously bellowed “Don’t watch movies on a F*%#ing phone”. So it is clear the actual makers of film/tv material are not keen to the idea of their work being viewed on a mobile device and that is understandable. The amount of time and effort put into producing a film or TV series from an artistic point of view may make the concept of it being viewed on a...
  • For many of us we think sending our kids to school they are safe and that school computers are a place of sanctuary.  When it comes to security like I have said before in the past no one can be trusted.  We think of the recent tragedies with schools over the past few months but here is another school situation uncovered. From the The Morning Call: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/easton/mc-easton-schools-police-investigation-20130204,0,406917.story An internal probe by Easton Area School District claims the man who helped craft its acceptable use policy for Internet and technology was spying on administrators and hiding 70 photos of nude “breasts and vaginal areas” on his district-issued computer, according to a police search warrant. Forks Township police on Friday seized the work laptop of Thomas Drago, Easton’s former director of technology, during a search of the district’s administration building. Police also seized six other items from the school district’s offices and 19 items from Drago’s Bushkill Township home, including four computers, five flash drives, a digital camera and an iPod, according to court documents. No charges have been filed against Drago, who resigned from his $105,000 position last month. But police wrote in the search warrant that his alleged actions could constitute unlawful use of a computer, unlawful duplication and invasion of privacy. The number listed for Drago’s home is no longer in service. In addition to the nude photos, the internal investigation found a photo that shows the “breasts and cleavage” of a woman who could be a district employee, possibly taken through a webcam, according to the court documents. The district said Drago accessed Superintendent Susan McGinley’s and several employees’ computers hundreds of times without authorization, the court documents say. The internal investigation also claims Drago had a recording of an executive session to discuss contract negotiations that was...
  • Heartland Payment System TJX Epsilon RSA Stuxnet Department of Veterans Affairs Sony PlayStation Network ESTsoft Gawker Media Google, etc. VeriSign CardSystems AOL Monster.com Fidelity National Information Services http://www.csoonline.com/article/700263/the-15-worst-data-security-breaches-of-the-21st-century Out of all these I think the most brutal security breach was AOL because they got domain hijacked.  But I think the VeriSign and Playstation hack effected more people and on a much larger scale.  The Playstation network I remember took a VERY long time to recover from the hack and then was hacked again.  Security is so important but no matter how much you secure something someone can almost always fine a back door especially if they have the time, resources and money.  
  • One thing that has made every business news conglomerate is that Facebook has chosen the NASDAQ (NDAQ) for the IPO.  This is great for the NASDAQ group they lost LinkedIn (LNKD), Pandora (P) and Yelp (YELP) recently.  The latest IPO boom every market has been trying to sweeten the deal for technology and internet companies when Zynga (ZNGA) made its IPO it choose NASDAQ. What does this mean for the NASDAQ Index with Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Groupon (GRPN), Zynga (ZNGA), Microsoft (MSFT), Netflix (NFLX) and now Facebook joining then market index?  With all these BIG technology companies joining the NASDAQ or already being part of the Index as long as they do good so will the Index.  If a few of them should start to do badly so will the Index value.  One of the major concerns is what if the technology bubble breaks again the whole NASDAQ market could tank.  This is a major concern when a market gets top heavy with a certain type of business stock. Facebook’s IPO has been anticipated for a while and looks to be very strong and beefed up.  With any social media company there is always concerns especially after the failure of Myspace.  Facebook’s revenue is derived from ads and games.  Facebook has hung around longer, has a much better following and is biggest of any social media company to date. I be leave myself that these tech IPO’s have been the saving grace for the stock market and are adding to the rebound of our economy just like the Computer and PC industry helped our economy in the 80’s and the dot com industry did in the 90’s.  Facebook is looking to IPO at $150.00 a share and I be leave it will sky rocket on opening day despite recent tech IPO’s not doing great on opening day.  Most investors and share holding are waiting for the Mark Zuckerberg to ring the NASDAQ bell.