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Cloud computing can free up IT staff time by moving some of the more time-intensive services to a cloud environment. No longer will IT personnel be responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, testing and upgrading any resources that are migrated to the cloud. They may finally have time to work on those back burner projects that never seem to get done, not to mention take that vacation time they’ve been building up since 2005. As much as the cloud offers freedom for collaboration and time management savings for personnel, your IT staff members have an important role to play regarding the security of cloud hosting. The enterprise host offers some security measures. Data stores offsite may be more physically secure than data on an office server; enterprise

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While so much focus has bounced around recently in regards to privacy in cloud computing, the issues with social media like Facebook and big companies have taken position on the back of the stage. Privacy issues are just as much a problem with corporations and individuals who work for them and Facebook as they are in cloud computing, so how is it the issue hasn’t received more attention? Simple—companies have been using Facebook and other social media platforms for years to promote their businesses, connect with clients and recruit talent, but only recently have started to push their employees to turn over their passwords so they can monitor what their employees are saying about their work on and off company time. What makes the issue

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Everyone wants to feel fulfilled in their job, regardless of what it is. As an employer, you have more power than most to ensure your employees are reaching their potential by making changes to the company culture and the way things get done. And, if granting happiness to others isn’t enough to push you toward some changes, consider that employees are more productive when they’re happier. Also consider that your business will constantly struggle with a high turnover rate and unstable staffing if your employees don’t enjoy their jobs. So, how can you motivate your employees in teamwork and dedication? Even the playing field A little healthy competition never hurt anyone, but it’s never a good idea to force employees to fight each other for

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Trucking transports over two thirds of the goods delivered in the United States to their destinations, and as an industry, the costs of running a fleet fluctuate widely based on the cost of fuel. As fuel prices remain at their high levels, companies are looking more urgently for ways to drive down trucking costs. These five strategies can all have an impact on the bottom line. 1. Fuel-Efficient Driving Trucks don’t use a fixed amount of fuel per mile, and getting gas mileage as high as possible is a great way to cut costs. Drivers can use defensive driving techniques, like hitting optimum highway speeds based on their load and avoiding accelerating or braking quickly. Keeping the truck tuned up also affects fuel efficiency, and

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Students looking to earn a chemistry degree will now have access to molecular data that could identify previously unknown compounds, which could provide for faster drug developments and, theoretically, new cures and treatments for harrowing diseases. Laboratory innovations prove that science is booming and expanding in the United States. Protea’s Bionanalytical Service Facility This new lab heralds a new era in molecular biology. Molecules will be able to be studied from two or three dimensions, decreasing time needed for sample preparation and increasing the amount of data available to scientists. Drone Curriculum More than twenty research universities are now approved to fly drones in U.S. airfields. By putting this technology into the hands of the new generation, we are gaining innovative thought and rapid progress. Universities seem to be

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When an individual applies for a new job, he hopes to qualify for a face-to-face interview with the potential employer. However, with the competitive nature of the current job market, not every job candidate will have this opportunity. To progress from the initial application to the in-person interview, job candidates must submit a resume that meets all of the requirements of the human resources department’s screening process. Below are some tips candidates can use to create a resume that impresses a potential employer and helps them qualify for the next round of screening. Creating a Solid Resume Avoid fluff. A job candidate’s resume should be concise. Most screeners prefer resumes that are consolidated to one or two pages. For this reason, every word on a

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By making commenting easier for both frequent readers and newcomers, Disqus encourages discussion on your website and stimulates more traffic and word-of-mouth sharing as a result. Despite having been founded just five short years ago, the Disqus commenting platform has grown exponentially in popularity, and is used by more than half a billion people on some of the biggest sites on the web. To see for yourself what makes Disqus a preferred choice for so many different people, consider the following top five content marketing benefits of using Disqus as a commenting platform. 1. Sign-in From Multiple Credentials Only the most devoted commenters and frequent readers will go through the trouble of creating a completely new account on your website just to have their say

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In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of individuals with disabilities. One of the results of this legislation is the wide range of technological devices available to assist the 20 percent of Americans with some kind of disability. These devices are designed to allow them to complete tasks that their disability affects. What Is Assistive Technology? Assistive technology is a broad term describing any sort of technological device that provides assistance to a disabled individual. It may be an item, piece of equipment, software or product system. The assistive technology increases or maintains the functional capabilities of a person who has a disability. Anyone who has a disability is eligible to receive assistive technology from one of many sources. Schools

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Technology has revolutionized many areas of life, and emergencies are no exception. From the moment an emergency occurs to the time you see a doctor in the ER, there are many ways technology helps the process go as smoothly as possible. Consider these technological advances that you may encounter during each stage of an emergency situation. Emergency Happens In recent years there’s been an influx of technological products that help identify emergency situations and alert the proper authorities. One of the major developments was about 15 years ago, when cell phones became more common, increasing the speed at which people contact emergency departments after an accident happened away from home. Now we’re seeing that technology in smaller and more specialized forms. For example, life alerts

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The Windows/Mac debate may rage on. But whether or not you feel like a PC, there are more than two operating platforms to choose from. The tech savvy among us tend to gravitate to more open operating systems, like Ubuntu or Linux. In addition, the advent of the age of smart phones means that platforms must be developed to create applications for those devices. Some companies, like BrewMP, even market platforms that can give feature phones the capacity of an iPhone or Droid equivalent. These changes mean not only a big boom for developers, but an advantage for any business. An operating platform can be designed with you in mind. What is a platform? A platform is the marriage of an operating system, like those mentioned above, and

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Discounts are usually a good thing, right? Certainly not, if they don’t actually get you a better deal. Many companies use marketing and advertising tactics that can bother consumers to the point of anger and frustration. We’ve all been there, but if you can manage to ignore or block the spamming emails and false promises that companies have been known to offer, then at least you will have found peace and maybe a little discount at the end of the tunnel. You just need to know what to look for and what to avoid. Text Message Marketing: How Did They Get My Number? Companies vying for your dollars have turned to cell phones as the latest marketing strategy. Most people enjoy the sensation that accompanies

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The advancement of technology has enriched our lives in many different ways, but one area in particular that has seen profound improvements is education. From computer labs to iPads, technology has allowed students of all ages to take a more proactive approach to learning. Technology has made it easier to communicate complex concepts to students by presenting them through multiple media, including interactive charts, digital animation and audio recordings. The challenge of effectively communicating with one another has also dramatically improved with email and video conferencing for assistance on assignments both during and after school. What is Digital Learning Day? Digital Learning Day is the first national day of recognition that has been set apart to honor and appreciate the tremendous achievements in learning due

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Details for the highly anticipated SnapDragon S4 processor were unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress event — the premier international conference on emerging mobile communications technology — held in Barcelona, Spain. Many are already speculating what this means for the future of mobile devices in general. The new SnapDragon processor is expected to be a real game-changer, particularly in the areas of camera, audio and graphics processing capabilities. More About the SnapDragon S4 Processor Qualcomm has made a name for itself as a premier developer and manufacturer of high-end mobile system on chip processors. The new S4 chip is the newest in the SnapDragon family and was built around the reality that most smartphone and tablet PC users are pushing their devices to the

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You’re ready to begin or advance your career in information technology, and you’re probably no stranger to the job hunt. You’ve probably already worked a few different jobs and applied for many more along the way. If you’ve done your homework, you already know about writing a stunning cover letter, how to ace your interview and the significance of a remarkable resume that sets you apart from the other applicants. Many of the general tips you learned about building a striking resume still apply, but an IT resume is a little different. Avoid the following five mistakes to improve your chances of getting the job you want.   Listing obsolete technologies. You’re applying for a job in information technology, a field that is defined by

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People have long said that a recession is a good time to start a business, and now that we are a few years removed from our most recent economic downturn, it looks like the businesses that were started in the thick of it and survived are doing pretty well. One example is the bourgeoning tech scene in Indianapolis. Companies that were once held in broken down warehouses are now expanding into commercial rental properties and helping contribute to the positive outlook for commercial real estate—one of the industries most besieged by the economic collapse—in 2012. Welcome to Indianapolis The city recently gained exposure as the home of Super Bowl XXVI and has been alternately called the “fastest growing Cybercity in the Midwest” and a “city

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There are times where I’m not sure how much of me is human and how much is spread out over a multitude of digital personas and devices. Increased technologic synthesis has blurred the line between where the organic ends and the digital begins. We are a culture inundated with electronic devices. They function within our households as appliances, in our automobiles as entertainment and are carried with us throughout the day as personal electronic devices such as cellphones, tablet readers and even life alert necklaces. Much in the same way that your grandmother was convinced your eyesight would be ruined by sitting too close to the television screen, new technology is almost always suspect until proven safe to use. The question of our safety around

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While speaking with some friends of mine about the future of technology (yes, we are nerds) we broached the topic of cloud computing. I think that the participation of the biggest brands in the world in massive, widespread cloud strategies is evidence of its current and continued presence in our society. Think about Facebook:  web-only application that allows users to post all manner of media and can now, through the magic of smartphones, tablets and the ever-growing mobile internet, be accessed through a stable of devices. Rackspace hosting is a prime example of a premiere cloud computing company utilizing social networking sites to spread their message.  But the cloud goes back further than that. E-mail may be the first cloud application introduced to the consumer

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Our current society is more tied to the ebb and flow of technology than ever before. With more people connecting to the Internet, more smartphones being sold around the globe, and new devices pumping into the market at unprecedented rates, the developed world is starting to synthesize its own advancement with that of the devices it relies on. An example. I went to see a band perform at a venue in Chicago some months ago. Normally at these types of shows, fans need to have cash ready if they want merchandise because touring bands don’t have the wherewithal to bring a credit card machine with them to every show. Square has addressed that by inventing a portable credit card apparatus and now nearly every show

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