1. Qualcomm, a notable chip maker

    May 10, 2012 by elegant

    The Barron’s Magazine published a list of 500 America’s Top Companies ranked by the magazine on May 7, 2012. The San Diego based Qualcomm received four out of possible four points ranking the company number 4th on the list. It received a ranking of an “A” in all three major criteria used by Barron’s to rate 500 major companies beating other tech giants such as Intel, Texas Instruments, Microsoft and others.

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    Every 3G and 4G smartphone has a chip made by Qualcomm or a producer who uses technology licensed by Qualcomm. In 2011, Qualcomm sold over 483 million chips thanks to the explosive growth in the smartphone industry. Worldwide sale of smartphones are expected to grow by 35 percent this year.

    Qualcomm earned over $15 billion from the sale of chips. More than two thirds of Qualcomm revenue came from its own chips and the remainder from royalty due to the licensing of its chip technology.

    Qualcomm outsource its production of chips. Lately they are having trouble meeting the demand. However, in order to meet the demand created by the rapid expansion of the technology and demand from tablets and other home-electronics devises, Qualcomm is making calculated acquisitions of other companies.


  2. Would you like to hire a NASA scientist?

    April 11, 2012 by elegant

    NASA launched its last Space Shuttle mission in 2011. Since that time NASA have laid off over 9,200 contractors that worked for the program as well as affiliated fields. They in turn laid off scores of employees who worked for them. NASA is faced with a dwindling budget and an uncertain future. Top scientists who once worked for NASA and affiliated agencies are becoming the biggest available talent pool for the space, robotics, IT, computer and related industries.

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    Young college graduates, who once dreamed of joining NASA, now prefer working for startup establishments hoping for a major breakthrough and a path to financial freedom.

    Some former employees of NASA have turned entrepreneurs. In Florida where more than 8,000 employees got laid off by the Kennedy Space Center finds it difficult to move due to the sour nature of the housing market. The Brevard County where the Kennedy Space Center is located is home to more than 17 new startup businesses. The story is similar for Texas, California and other states where NASA facilities are located.

    NASAs well trained multitalented employees may be the biggest talent pool available for technology companies including cloud computing.


  3. Here’s social networking software for your business

    February 14, 2012 by elegant

    Does your company need to brainstorm among employees, communicate with partners and customers?

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    Jive Software makes a Facebook style social network for businesses where employees and their bosses can communicate with one another within a protected environment. Make no mistake, it is not a social media, it is a serious business tool. It enables communication between employees; communicate with business partners and customers. Jive Engage (formally known as Clearspace and subsequently Jive SBS) combines community software, collaboration software, social networking software and social media monitoring into one product. Intentions are to increase team work and productivity. It enables workers to communicate, share ideas and see each other’s work. It also allows video conferencing.

    Jive helps to increase employee productivity by cutting company e-mails and lower the cost of communication with customers due to reduce cost for telephone services.

    Intel used Jive software to create it’s Open Port, a highly interactive online community for the company. Other jive customers include VMware, Hewlett-Packard, SAP, NetApp, Linden Lab, National Instruments and many others.

    Jive Software founded in 2001 and is based in Palo Alto, California. Other office locations are in Oregon, Colorado, Germany, Israel and United Kingdom.


  4. The importance of time and attendance monitoring for the small business owner

    July 20, 2015 by admin

    Written by Allied Time

    As the owner of a small business, profitability depends on the careful monitoring of the day-to-day operations of the organization. A part of this making sure that full use of your most valuable resource: employee time, is used wisely. In order for it to be used wisely it must also be measured.

    alliedtime3Using automated time clocks and software will make sure that employee time is measured and tracked. The first result is that tardiness will reduce, with more employees arriving on time and leaving at the right time. An employee arriving half an hour late without penalty over the long term is a serious productivity hit. In addition it also affects the morale of those who do arrive on time and see no punishment for those who violate it.

    Pair the automated time and attendance system with an automated payroll system and you have a cost effective method of accurately calculating wages. This will save you on both the cost of payroll preparation and unnecessary labor costs from miscalculated time sheets and under attendance.

    The goal of having a time attendance system is twofold. Primarily it is to reduce the costs of labor by increasing efficiency and attendance. Secondly it is to free up the management from micromanaging the labor force to being able to focus on the larger more important need to grow the business.

    Allied Time provides time machine solutions for your employee time tracking needs.


  5. Finally Windows 10 is here

    July 17, 2015 by elegant

    After months of ramblings and speculations Microsoft’s Windows 10 will be available on July 29, 2015. The best news is it can be downloaded free of charge for those non-corporate users who are using earlier versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 that came out in 2012. Windows 10 is a more refined version and has been vastly enhanced. The introduction of Windows 10 will help to slowdown attacks from Apple and Google on Microsoft’s domain.

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    The best news is Windows 10 can communicate with PCs, tablets and other devices. It fixes what was wrong with Windows 8 and combines all available knowledge into one heck of an operation system. Touch lovers should enjoy it more than others. Don’t worry keyboard and mouse lovers you can still use Windows 10 with more enhancements. Those who are using Windows for navigation on their smartphones will love the availability of Cortana. It is a dream comes true for game lovers. Windows 10 can stream real-time games to your desktop from Xbox One in another room. Those who were lucky enough to use the demo version for months can’t stop raving about Windows 10. Expect more stories to come out when millions of people start to use it.


  6. The Importance of Air Conditioning

    May 19, 2015 by admin

    Written by MovinCool

    Air conditioning is essential to the modern work environment.The two aspects of cooling in the office are a comfortable environment for staff and maintaining equipment.There are factories and offices that run mostly without air conditioning. They are however at risk of losing productivity and potential equipment failure.

    Air conditioning maintains a comfortable working environment for staff. A comfortable working environment also means higher productivity. During hotter months, in non-air-conditioned environments, worker productivity suffers. In addition to that, depending on the work environment, there is the danger of heat exhaustion and other health issues.

    Research has found that the effect of wear and tear on equipment is negligible when it is run within the recommended operating temperatures. Run any equipment like servers outside of the recommended temperature range and risk reducing the lifetime of your office equipment significantly.

    This is why air conditioning is essential in the modern work place. Some older workplaces don’t run air conditioning because high installation costs or difficulties to install plants and outdoor units. However, there is an alternative. Portable air conditioning can get cooling to the right areas with limited installation costs.

    Proper environmental and computer cooling will ensure that you have a productive workforce and that you also get the most out of any equipment.


    MovinCool carries a range of Ceiling mounted portable air conditioners that are a great alternative for fan coils and fan coil units.


  7. Have you rebooted your computer lately to make it run smoothly?

    May 5, 2015 by admin

    We all face it sometimes or many times over. When the PC gets too crowded with everything, it becomes slow to start, react to your clicks slower and do many other things. If you haven’t rebooted your computer recently, rebooting your computer is one of many solutions available to make your computer run faster and smoother.

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    Computers can be rebooted intentionally or unintentionally. When the computer closes all running programs and closes itself, a restart is needed. This restart can be either cold (also called hard) where the power is turned off and turned back on again to start the computer. The other method of restarting the computer is called warm start (also known as soft start) is done without interrupting the power source to the computer.

    Rebooting is necessary to recover from an error or to reinitialize drivers and hardware devices. Restart is normally associated with warm reboot where operating system closes all programs and start again. Hard reboot should only be performed if the computer is completely frozen. Doing it otherwise may cause damages to hardware components inside the computer. One of the ways to perform a warm or soft boot is to press Ctrl + Alt + Delete key combination simultaneously.


  8. New ways to manage employee time and attendance

    April 28, 2015 by admin

    Time is money, and managing your employees’ attendance can take a lot of hours that don’t go anywhere towards your bottom line. Still, properly tracking your employees as they clock in and out goes a long way towards providing valuable metrics that can tell employers how their resources are being spent, and who’s providing the best return for their wages. And when workers know that they’re being closely monitored, they put in extra effort to prove they’re earning that paycheck.

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    More and more, companies are deciding that paper time sheets simply aren’t worth the hassle. Switching over to an automated time machine goes a long way towards reducing inefficiency caused by human error. For starters, these newer systems eliminate paper waste, but they also cut down on the resources wasted by manually filling out time cards, catching a supervisor to sign off for individual employees, hand-keying every card, and then correcting the mistakes made when the information was manually entered. Automated systems also store more accurate records in the event of an audit with significantly less clutter.

     

    Automated time and attendance machines eliminate multiple areas of human error like mistyped information and sloppy handwriting, but they also keep employers from worrying about whether or not employees are being honest about how much time they worked. They can also track overtime more accurately, and manage any complicated labor regulations or workplace policies that are required for certain industries.

     

    The benefits don’t only extend to tracking hourly employees– even companies that manage salaried positions can benefit heavily from newer time management systems. The metrics on physical attendance can always be valuable, and it’s important to track employees who are working over or under their contracted time. Some management systems can account for hours spent project-by-project, which allows for extensive data showing what projects are getting the most attention and what’s getting left behind. Furthermore, an automated time clock can track all of the above on one system– hourly employees, salaried employees, specific projects, and exemptions and regulations, all in an easily manageable database.

     

    So the trick is to process all that time clock data and get the most out of it without getting caught up shuffling and deciphering timecards. Companies that know how to handle this have far lower time tracking error rates in general, and they spend that much less time correcting payroll mistakes. This gives them lower labor costs and better overall workforce efficiency.

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    Allied Time sells time and attendance machines for the modern office.


  9. Two must have features for laptops

    April 3, 2015 by elegant

    While PC sales are in decline, sales of laptops and other handheld mobile devices are gaining ground. Laptops have a shorter life span compared to PCs several years ago and in 2010 upgrades were expected in every three years. However, due to the rapid changes taking hold in the industry, today any laptop that is older than 2.5 years considered to be obsolete.

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    Two of the most important features of today’s laptops include higher screen resolution and touch screen capability. Yesterday’s resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels of resolution has been replaced by enhanced 1920 x 1080 pixels of resolution or higher. Newer enhanced resolutions are enabling users to pack more data and pictures onto a page, require fewer scrolls, and allow easier editing. Today you can purchase a full HD display laptop for less than what you paid for a laptop few years ago. Touch technology for laptop has been in use for several years, but the price kept many would be buyers away from the market. Today you can purchase a touch enable unit for around $250. The much anticipate Windows 10 and the existing Windows 8.1 both will work well with the touch technology. App developers are busy with more programs on touch screens.


  10. SQL still dominate as the preferred enterprise language

    March 9, 2015 by elegant

    Introduced as one of the first commercial languages in early 1970s, the Structured Quarry Language (SQL) is a special programming language that is designed to manage data in relational database management system. It contains a data definition language and data manipulation language. Designed by Microsoft for enterprise environment it adds several features to standard SQL more specifically adding transaction control, data insert, query, update and delete, creation and modification, data access control, error handling, exceptions, row processing and declared variables. SQL is one of the most widely used database language in the world. In 1986, SQL became a standard of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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    Some find it difficult to work with SQL syntax due to its style that is not the current norm. It contains many keywords which is not common today when writing languages. But when it comes to relational databases, there is no good alternative to SQL. However, many can rewrite parts of SQL to reduce redundancy and to suit particular applications. Some see many non-SQL alternatives for database query will be coming in the future. With ever increasing popularity of cloud computing, many are looking for alternatives to SQL including the one from VMWare.


  11. What’s new with PC sales?

    February 13, 2015 by elegant

    After slumping sales for several years, PC sales appear to be stabilizing. In 2014, the down side was limited to about 2 percent from a 10 percent slide experienced previously.

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    The top five PC makers, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer, and Apple are still accounting for more than 65 percent of all PCs sold worldwide. Surprisingly, Apple gained percentage wise beating others. Apple seen a 16 percent increase in its sales in 2014 even though it is the world’s No. 5 PC producer. China based Lenovo, the world’s No. 1 PC producer seen its sales increased by about 10 percent in 2014. Lenovo is the leader claiming more than 19 percent of the worldwide PC sales market share.

    The Framingham, Massachusetts market researcher IDC sees that PC shipments in 2015 to experience a further drop by about 4.9 percent from the last year’s level. Microsoft’s scaling back its subsidies, ever increasing use of smartphones and other mobile devices for various computing functions and the strong dollar are seen as reasons for the further sales reductions moving forward. This is why Intel is cutting its first quarter sales forecast. However, the researcher sees slowing of mobile devices sales too in emerging markets due to the competition from smartphones.


  12. Here’s how Apple fix hardware problems

    January 12, 2015 by elegant

    Hardware manufacturers, take a page from Apple. When it introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 9, 2014, its team of first responders known as AppleCare immediately went into action. What do they do? They gather information from customer returned products about new hardware issues and generate reports to administrators and engineers of what types of problems and customer complaints. It helps Apple to fix problems immediately. What have they found out? Most of the initial complaints were hardware issues such as components not being connected properly, unfastened cables, not enough glue or soldering.

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    When a new hardware product is introduced, fixing problems should be a priority for the success of the product as well as the business. In Apple’s case, all defective new iPhones returned by customers comes to its headquarters in Cupertino, California. By dismantling the product, they identify problems. Whole program was created in early 1990s. The volume of products Apple generates everyday needs a quick turnaround on issue identification in order to stay relevant and not generate media frenzy. The bar code system that Apple uses, they can trace a product down to the person who assembled it. What a concept and what a job to keep customers happy.


  13. Disk-drive market is consolidating

    December 24, 2014 by elegant

    Disk-drive or sometimes called hard disk drives (HDD) market is now evenly shared by two behemoths, Seagate Technology and Western Digital. Recent market consolidations pushed them not only to the top but also to share the leadership. Within the last year and half, Western Digital acquired two startups, Virident and Skyera. They both were important flash-memory technology companies. Seagate Technology on the other hand bought flash technology chip maker LSI. Flash-memory technology considered to be the replacement for disk drives in the future and provide faster response compared to disk drives. During the first quarter of 2014, Western Digital sold 60.4 million hard disk drives compared to 55.2 million units for Seagate Technology for the same period. The average price per unit for Western Digital was $58 compared to $61 for Seagate Technology.

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    Disk-drives or HDDs are still used in PCs, notebooks, printers, copiers, consumer products including MP3 players, game consoles, and even in home servers. Enterprise storage is also a key factor that generates more demand for disk-drives. Capacities of these peripherals range from 1GB to about 500GB. Demand for disk-drives come from computing and other devices that look for storage capacity at lower cost and demand higher performance.