The Trouble with Internet Privacy – Featuring Kevin Spacey!

Internet Privacy

I’ve been doing a bit of reading about Internet Privacy recently and came across the old article on the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8569750.stm

I know this is mainly down to the big record labels pushing this, but do they really think people wont just find another way around it?

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Clear audio? Create a sound that speaks volumes!

Home Audio System

Sound is one of the five senses we can rely on to judge our environment, so we can make a decision about how we should interact with it. Inaudible or muted sounds can spoil our enjoyment of these sensations, particularly if we are watching media or audio in the form of TV programmes, films or concerts.

Audiophiles will know all too well the importance of choosing the right products for their audio and Hi-Fi systems. This means researching and selecting the right audio cables to create the right sound – one that goes beyond an audio track and instead becomes an integral part of the listening experience.

Audio experts are used to trying out different products. High end audio cables are different than average audio cables and the reasons for this are varied but are thought to be caused by the effects of cable materials used during its construction, the types of connectors used and ultimately, its immunity to any external noise.

High-end audio cables can make a difference to the overall sound impact of a Hi-Fi system. Meanwhile, by using the right AC power cables, interconnects and speaker cables can make a vast difference to its sound quality

The difference between Hi-Fi sound and room acoustics

Hi-Fi refers to high fidelity and is used to reference high quality reproduction of sound. It can be achieved through modern hi-fi equipment such as a digital audio tape or digital audio broadcasting. Nowadays, computer hard drives can also hold music in the form of an audio file format.

Room acoustics however, refers to how sound acts within an enclosed space. Sounds can be manipulated and distorted to make certain notes appear louder than others. For example, wherever a speaker is reflected in a mirror, that point of reflection is absorptive. Absorptive material will need to be used on either side of the speaker locations for reflective control.

Hi-Fi sound can be readily recreated by using a range of audio power cables and a good speaker system. Understanding which one is right for your audio system can be difficult, if you don’t have the time or the energy to trial various different cables. Consulting with an audio expert can help. A trained audio expert can match all the components in the system to create the perfect sound.

An audio cable company has a range of audio experts who can be contacted any time from their website. Their job is to make your audio sound crystal clear, so you can enjoy the rich sounds of your music and movie media, without being interrupted by low-quality, tinny or distorted sounds.

By choosing the right audio cables, interconnects and components for your sound system, as well as the correct stereo, you can find the perfect music system to suit you.

Overall, this results in a more enjoyable experience for the listener, who can then completely immerse themselves in their own world of personal audio, without any risk of distractions.

Author bio:

Jenson Adams is a Scotland-based sound engineer aficionado with a particular interest in audio equipment. He frequently pens articles and blogs for both online and offline publications, using websites such as http://www.thecableco.com/ for research.

The Best VPN Services

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Security when it comes to the internet is something that you should be very concerned about in order to protect your business in the best way possible. If you do not have a secure network, you run the risk of many problems that could cause you headaches in the future. Do not subject yourself to having to take on this issues simple because you have the wrong technology in place, that would be a mistake. Reading vpn reviews would allow you to begin making a decision about technology that could help to enhance your security in order to allow you to avoid problems such as this in the future. A vpn review is probably one of the most useful tools that you can turn to because many of them have been written by people in your position. As business owners, they did not know the value of increased security with their networking solutions.

 

However, they came to find that changing this aspect of their operation allowed them to stop worrying and begin focusing on being more productive during the course of a day. Networking is the only way that you would be able to have easy access to the internet in a way that is effective and useful of the setup that you currently have in place. However, you may not have selected the right networking technology that would be ideal for your business. The value of a vpn service review would be insight for experienced people within the field that can help you focus on what to look for.

Once you have an idea of important factors that you should take the time to put into your consideration, it would be much easier to settle on something that you are likely to be very happy with. Additionally, using this information to navigate the water would avoid many of the hassles that could mean having to switch to another vpn service in the future. One factor that you need to think about would be the support from different operating systems that is currently offered.

Even if the service currently supports the system that you use at the moment, you may want to select something that offers a bit more flexibility in terms of the options that you have for operating systems in the world today. You never know when you would have to use the technology with a different operating system in the future, you need to factor this into your decision in order to ensure that you would not have to worry about a transition because of this. While you may not have experience using all of the different solutions that are on the market, vpn service reviews would give you insight when it comes to the operating system that you have and those that are going to work with additional systems you may use in the upcoming future. The best vpn 2014 would offer you a guide to the solutions that have a lot to offer your business.

Even if you use a Mac today, you may have to use a Windows platform in the future. When this happens, you do not want to go through the experience of having to migrate the technology and find out that it is more difficult than you had assumed at first. As such, it would be a better idea to take a long term approach and this about the bigger picture. Paying for a vpn service that supports a variety of os solutions would be the best thing you could do with a vpn reviews.

 

Benefits of Moving Your Help Desk to a Cloud-Based Service

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Cloud help desk software is quickly growing in popularity throughout a multitude of industries. This is largely attributed to the fact that the cloud negates demand for an on-site server, offers room for convenient upgrades and is easy to scale – not to mention that it affords a high degree of customer service and increased efficiency. But before you go off and make the switch, understand that certain software applications are better for cloud migration. With that in mind, here are some of the benefits of moving your help desk to a cloud-based service.

 

A Setup of Savings

Cloud-based help desk software allows you to save money and time. It’s possible to get an entire company up and running on a fully functioning cloud service that is equipped with nearly all the features of an in-house setup. Why hassle with purchasing, installing and maintaining a dedicated, physical server when you don’t have to? Sure, if you move to the cloud there may be some “sunken costs” stemming from your no-longer-relevant, previous in-house service desk. However, switching to the cloud costs far less to run than a physical server, which can free up budgetary demands for your company in the future.

 

Peace-of-Mind Management

Once you start a cloud-based help desk service, you enter into a partnership between you and your vendor. A plus to this new partnership is that all of the software management is handled remotely, including regular backups to guarantee the safety and security of your company’s data. How’s that for efficiency?! But just remember, the software management may be automatic, but monitoring the performance after the shift to the cloud is still key to the overall success of your service desk.

 

Take Your Help Desk On-the-Go

A help desk cloud-based service can offer you and your company instant, on-the-go access. While you’re out and about, you now have the freedom and flexibility to respond to client inquiries and user issues from virtually anywhere on virtually any device – like your smartphone, tablet or laptop. With the cloud, being out of the office doesn’t have to mean being away from work.

 

Up-to-Date Help Desk Software Versions

Moving your help desk to the cloud gives you greater peace of mind and ensures that any problems you report are handled instantaneously. Better yet, the cloud helps to minimize most of your “problems” because your help desk software is frequently updated to provide your company with enhanced usability and your customers with more efficient and effective resolutions.

 

This post was provided by IssueTrak, a software company that can help your help desk make the switch to the cloud.  Learn more about IssueTrak’s help desk software here.  

The future of Mobiles

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Imagine life without a mobile phone. Imagine not having instant access to all the information on the Internet, communicating with your ‘friends’ on social media platforms or by email, or having to actually do something other than work on your way home on the daily commute. Mobiles have transformed the way we live our lives, and they’ve managed to do it in less than a generation. Just 35 years ago mobiles were anything but – huge ‘bricks’ that had the battery life of a mayfly and the range of a short-sighted hamster.

 

Today, we have touch screens, 4G, inbuilt cameras and an entire record collection’s worth of tunes in one, tiny device. The technological advances of mobiles has have been quite literally, extraordinary. But what of its future? Will we grow as bored with mobiles as quickly as we have embraced them, and what’s holding mobiles back from their next evolutionary leap forward?

 

Screen technology

 

One of the biggest failings of mobiles to date is their continued reliance on one particularly outdated technology – glass screens. Despite the size of our mobiles shrinking to the point where it’s all too easy to lose the wretched things, the glass screens have made these phones and devices heavier and more fragile. Glass screens crack and break too easily and they weigh more than the rest of the phone put together.

 

So the primary focus for developers isn’t on cramming in more apps – it’s sorting that pesky screen problem out. And hope is on the horizon, with flexible plastic screen technology. It’s pretty clear that plastic screens have two immediate advantages over glass – it’s far more robust and it’s a lot lighter. Flexible screen technology could revolutionise mobiles, and it’s the one single development that is set to transform how manufacturers design and produce their phones.

 

Currently, the frame rates of flexible plastic displays aren’t yet fast enough to be used for devices like iPhones, and the colour palette is still quite muted. But companies such as Plastic Logic, who are at the leading edge of flexible display technology research, are working on these issues now. “Plastic Logic’s development of a colour flexible plastic display is particularly significant, since the same process could enable shatterproof flexible display solutions with other media such as LCD and OLED,” commented CEO Indro Mukerjee recently.

 

Turning the case into a second screen

 

We’ve already got phones with two cameras, so how about cases with two screens? Once again, it’s Plastic Logic that are incorporating their flexible screen technology into case design, in partnership with PopSLATE. The clever design produces an interactive cover that produces an integrated secondary electrophoretic display (EPD), creating a customisable screen that can support apps, and is extremely user-friendly.

 

Wearables

 

Technically, current mobile phones are ‘carry-ons’ rather than wearables. But in 2014 the big news is all about wearable technology – including smartwatches that have similar functions to a smartphone, but you wear them like a watch. This is perhaps a question of semantics and is fundamentally a smartphone in a different case with a strap on it, but what it does do is once again incorporate flexible screen technology to make it light enough to wear. Can you imagine wearing a smartwatch with a glass screen? Exceptional processing power in the form of quad and octo-core processing means that even more functionality can be crammed into smaller wearable mobiles.

 

Apart from other general concerns such as security, the primary game-changer in mobiles will be, without doubt, flexible technology. It’s the driving force behind the majority of innovation currently taking place in the mobile industry, and will dictate what form our future mobiles take – whether they’re still that familiar oblong shaped, glass screen contraption, or if they take a radically new direction. We predict it’ll be the latter.

 

About the author

Charlotte blogs about gadgets and technology, covering everything from the latest mobile advancements to display technology. When she’s not online Charlotte enjoys swimming, cycling and travelling the world.

The Benefits of Convertii

Convertii

Convertti is a new, hassle-free online service that enables you to convert PDF files into MS Word documents quickly and easily. Besides the simplicity of the service, the best thing about Convertii is that it is absolutely FREE – no catches!

How to Use Convertii

Using Convertti really is incredibly easy. All you need to do is upload your PDF file or drag it to the designated area on the Convertii website (which is impossible to miss), provide the email address you want the Word document link to be forwarded to, and click the “convert” button. Once the document has been converted from PDF to MS Word, Convertii will send a link to your email address which you can then use to access and download the document.

How Cheap Is Convertii?

It’s unbelievably cheap, because the service is completely free, even without registering. You can use Convertii three times without registering; after that, you do need to register, but the service still remains totally free. After registering, you can continue to use Convertii to convert documents three times a month without paying a penny.

You only need to pay to use the service if you choose to upload more than three documents per month; in that case, you can choose to register for either the basic package (up to 30 conversions) or the unlimited package (does exactly what it says on the tin), which are still incredibly cheap at $4 and $8 per month respectively. Even better, Convertii offers a generous discount on both packages if you pay upfront for the year!

Linking To Your Dropbox Account

Convertii honestly couldn’t make converting your documents any simpler. If you link your Convertii account to your Dropbox account, you can drop your PDF documents into the special PDF2Word Dropbox folder (in your “Apps” folder) and, once converted to MS Word documents, Convertii will drop them back into the folder.

Linking Convertii to your Dropbox account means it is literally a 2-click process to get your PDFs converted quickly and easily.

Why Choose Covertii?

Firstly, because it’s a free service, so you’re losing absolutely nothing by giving it a go. You can’t ask fairer than that!

Secondly, because of the sheer speed in which Convertii can convert the PDFs into MS Word documents. Convertii boasts a conversion speed of 30 seconds for most documents, which is unbelievably quick for this type of service. (It can take longer if the documents are fairly long or scanned, understandably.)

Thirdly, you should choose Convertii because of the accuracy of the documents it produces. With a lot of conversion services, transferring the information in the PDF document to a Word document has proven tricky, and a lot of these conversion services provide converted Word documents that contain many mistakes. You don’t have to worry about this with Convertii, as it prides itself on producing accurate, high quality MS Word documents. Give it a try and see the results for yourself.

Finally, Convertii is able to convert images to Word documents too. Images in Jpeg, Png, and Tiff formats can be converted just as quickly and easily as PDFs!

Using the Convertii Website

Convertii’s website is so easy to navigate around. The area in which the PDF document can be uploaded is the first thing you’ll see on the site, and that in itself is amazingly straightforward.

There is a detailed, thorough FAQ section that covers most – if not all – aspects of using Convertii and, if you still have questions, they are “happy to help” all users.

Final Thoughts on Convertii

You’ll never really know how great this service is until you try it, but if you’re looking for an efficient, reliable service that produces high quality documents, Convertii is definitely for you. Being a free service, it’s undoubtedly worth giving it a try today.

Effective Call Blocking Stops the Nuisance

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We want to feel anticipation when the telephone rings. Obviously sometimes it brings bad news but generally the telephone has been an extremely positive contribution to life. Even if it has been bad news, at least it has been the quickest way to pass on information. Where it can be negative is if the call is a nuisance, something that we simply have no interest in.

Essential business aid

The telephone system is one of the main priorities of any company. It is essential to keep in touch with clients and suppliers even in these days of emails and mobile phones.  It is a tremendous communication tool, and as such, many companies have decided it is the best way to get in touch with people. It used to be the door to door salesman knocking on every door in a street selling everything from cleaning goods to encyclopaedias. Few people would be interested in a job like that these days and it seems easier to ring to talk to people; a list of numbers are used by workers in call centres who ring one number after another on behalf of a particular company.

Cold calling

The calls are completely unsolicited and many people regard them as intrusive. One of the most recent concerns are calls to households offering services to handle insurance mis-selling; it has become a huge issue. Lloyds Banking Group is now providing almost £10bn to compensate for its staff incorrectly selling PPI, insurance protection taken in parallel with financial loans of every type. This is the largest provision of any UK Bank, and given it is one third state-owned, it needs to act.

The problem is that companies are exploiting the issue to cold call offering to handle a claim, in return for a good commission of course. It doesn’t have to be a nuisance for households that decide to take control of the calls they can receive. The site http://www.grouputilities.com/ explains one of the best methods of filtering out calls that are unwanted. The basic principle is that only numbers that are specifically registered with the number receiving the call will be accepted. All others will be blocked, pending approval, or blocked completely.

Blocking

There is a variety of things that can be done. If you are ex directory then you are unlikely to be on call centre phone lists. However, there are more effective ways of getting rid of the vast majority of unwanted calls and that is surely preferable?

If you get in from work after a long day, you are probably keen to simply relax. The favourite time that cold callers use is just around that time. They are likely to find someone at home before you go out for the evening. It is so much better when if the phone rings at this time, you can be sure that it is a friend or member of the family, and not a potential nuisance caller.

A true Comparison of AUS/UK and USA broadband speeds!

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National Broadband Network’s planned move to connect more than 93% of Australian homes to the National Fibre network is a sure game changer in the way Aussies access the Internet.

With broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps, it is indisputable that Australia will soon be among the top world countries with the fastest Internet speeds. At such great speeds, it will precisely take you less than a quarter of the time you normally take to upload files, pictures or videos to do the same task. What’s more, NBN plans to utilise appropriate technologies to ensure that every home is connected.

Where fibre cables cannot be used, they will use fixed wireless or satellite connections.

USA broadband speed

Compared to other world leaders in technology such as USA and UK, the 100 Mbps fibre network is set to place Australia in a very competitive position at a critical time when almost every country’s economy is Internet dependent.

USA was ranked the eighth country out of 55, according to a survey made in 2013, with average connection speeds of 8.7 Mbits/s, seven places adrift the first ranked South Korea whose average broadband connection speed stood at 13.3 Mbit/s.

IN the USA, however, companies such as AT&T have the ability to offer high broadband connection speeds of up to 1GB/s.

UK broadband speed


In the United Kingdom, the broadband Internet access which was initially provided by many telecommunication and regional cable television companies is now available to over half of the homes. Development of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology which made it possible for broadband Internet to be delivered via the traditional copper cables accelerated spread of broadband in UK. Most Internet Service Providers in UK use coaxial cables to deliver Internet to homes of residents with broadband speeds of up to 120 Mbps. This means that UK, though well developed, will not be far away from Australia in terms of broadband connection speed once the NBN fibre network is successfully rolled out.

 

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Conclusion

That said, if NBN make good their pledges and successfully roll out the fibre network, Australia will be among the pace setters in terms of Internet accessibility. This is true since NBN intends to leave nothing to chance; even homes that do not fall within the fibre footprint will still be connected to the fixed wireless and satellite technology. It now just remains a matter of time before the game is fully changed. To find out more about the NBN roll out visit iiNet’s NBN portal.

3 Alternative Headphones to Beats

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Beats by Dr Dre have single-handedly taken over the headphone market. The whole landscape changed when Beats blasted their way on to the scene and the sleek headphones with the famous lowercase ‘b’ logo are a favourite amongst athletes, musicians and celebrities. With the help of these A-listers endorsing the brand, the popularity of Beats has filtered down into popular culture.

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Why Online Ink Cartridge Buying is the Smartest Choice?

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Ink cartridges can be a pain because of the fact that it needs to be changed or refilled on a regular basis. Since it involves a lot of money being shelled out from your end, you need to make sure that you keep your spends to a minimum. The first question which will come to your mind is: Where shall I look out so that my expenses on ink cartridges remain at an optimum level? The answer to this question is “Online”. Yes, you heard it right. It is only through the web you can buy cartridges which are not only affordable but also great in quality. There is a galaxy of attractive deals associated with them. Therefore, buying cartridges online is the smartest option you could ever think of. The benefits are manifold so some of them have been put together so that you can have a glimpse of what is in store for you.

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