Near Field Communication – Applications & Opportunities

NFC LogoNFC is a set of short-range wireless technologies that allow communication and exchange of data between devices by touching or bringing them within a radius of more or less 10 centimeters. NFC is an extension of the RFID technology. It requires 13.56 MHz frequency and has short working range which makes it more suitable for secure communication between devices.

NFC allows a device, usually a mobile phone, to collect data from another device or NFC tag at close range. In many ways, it’s like a contactless payment card that is integrated into a phone. In other ways, it’s similar to Bluetooth, except that instead of programming two devices to work together, they can simply touch to establish a connection. Continue reading Near Field Communication – Applications & Opportunities

How Do You Keep Your Passwords Safe?

How many passwords do you have to remember? How do you remember your passwords? Do you use the same password for all your accounts?

We have lots of passwords to remember: our personal emails, our Facebook accounts, twitter accounts, our work email accounts, some FTP accounts and much more.  We all know we should use different passwords for each account because if we use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password we have  a serious problem. Still we have hard times trying to remember what password we used on which website or for which account. Continue reading How Do You Keep Your Passwords Safe?

How Do You Manage Your eBooks?

Most of us have eBooks stored on our computers or on our tablets (iPad, Galaxy tab, Kindle…). With our collection growing it will be hard to find a certain eBook. Personally I classify my eBooks by topics in subdirectories but I still can’t find what I am searching for easily and that’s why I needed a better solution.

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Best Free Software of 2011

Like every year PCMag.com published a list of the best freeware apps. Freeware is software that is totally free. Freeware can be open or closed source so freeware is different than “free and open source source software” aka FOSS (in the latter you will have access to the source code of the software if you would like to customize it your way). Lot of freeware  applications provide a good alternative to commercial software thus helping small businesses do lot of savings by implementing the use of such utilities.

This list of 208 products is subdivided into the below categories: Continue reading Best Free Software of 2011

Back up Your Data Online While You Are Working

DropboxMost of us use flash drives to store our data but what if you lose it somewhere or damage it somehow? Some of us external hard disks but what happens if it suddenly crashes? What if your computer’s hard disk fails? There are alternative solutions for backing up your data online while you are working.

There are several free services that offer online backups solutions. Dropbox is a very popular service which “syncs your files online and across your computers”, providing an initial 2GB of space (that can be increased to 8GB for free if you refer other users). You can pay and get more space if you need it. [SURVEY INSIDE] Continue reading Back up Your Data Online While You Are Working

Learn How to Speed Up your Windows Update from Lebanon

Microsoft UpdatesMicrosoft offers regular updates for different versions of windows and for its various software suites. Installing those updates is very important because some of the updates fix critical bugs or serious security vulnerabilities. Downloading the updates on all the computers of your company can be very bandwidth consuming.

For this purpose Microsoft introduced the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) that will help by downloading the latest product updates once and deploying them to computers inside the enterprise.

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Microsoft and Nokia Join Forces: Can They Challenge Leading Smartphones?

Nokia Microsoft PartnershipOn February 10 2011 and a couple of days after Nokia’s CEO revealed in an internal memo that the company is a crossroads and that a new smartphone strategy is necessary, Microsoft and Nokia announced plans for a broad strategic partnership. The partnership that makes Windows Phone 7 Nokia’s primary smartphone platform, and also extends into many other Microsoft services such as Bing, Xbox Live and Office should result in significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world.

Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.

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Is Your Business Ready to Move to IPv6?

ipv6Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) is a version of the Internet Protocol that is designed to succeed Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) that has been in operation since 1981. The main reason for the redesign of the Internet Protocol was the IPv4 address exhaustion. As of January 2011, a report projected that the IPv4 address pool would be exhausted before the end of 2011.

IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It uses a 128-bit address, whereas IPv4 uses only 32 bits. This expansion provides considerable flexibility in allocating addresses and routing traffic. It also eliminates the primary need for network address translation (NAT), which was deployed in order to alleviate IPv4 address exhaustion. Continue reading Is Your Business Ready to Move to IPv6?

QR Codes: Where and How to Use Them?

chart-qr-youssef-kassabBar codes have become widely popular because of their reading speed, accuracy, and superior functionality characteristics. 2D Code emerged in response to the need of storing more information, more character types, and that could be printed in a smaller space.

The QR code is a matrix two dimensional barcode. It carries meaningful information in the both vertical and horizontal directions. It can carry up to several hundred times the amount of data carried by an ordinary bar code.

QR is the abbreviation for Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. Continue reading QR Codes: Where and How to Use Them?