IT

Mon
11
Feb
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Technologies That Level the Playing Field for Small Business

If you operate a small business, then you know how difficult and expensive it can be to try to compete with bigger businesses. It often seems like an uphill battle. But now, you can find a valuable ally in your effort to grow against the flow: ... technology. Technology can empower your small business and level the playing field when competing against larger businesses. If you're looking to grow your business or are finding yourself going head-to-head with the big guys, there are a variety of technological tools and sources that can help. (Source: businessweek.com ) Among the technologies most ... (view more)

Thu
31
Jan
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Jabber Technology Helps AOL Open Up

America Online (AOL) has broken its vows of proprietary ownership and will soon integrate open source Jabber protocols into its AIM and ICQ instant messaging services. AOL is currently in the process of testing a new version of AIM, using the Jabber ... platform as a way to make improvements to its service and eliminate potential operating bugs. While the modifications are still in the test phase, supporters of open source software are looking forward to the potential benefits Jabber can provide. (Source: betanews.com ) Although Jabber is relatively well known within technical circles, most ... (view more)

Fri
25
Jan
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HBO Joins Video Download Race

HBO is launching a 'free' service allowing viewers to watch its programming on computers. The 'HBO on Broadband' system offers a live feed of the television channel, and more than 350 movies and TV shows to download and watch at a later time. That's ... more than most cable TV operators offer through video on demand services. There's no specific charge to use the service, but it's only available to people who subscribe to HBO's television channel. And you must get your broadband access from the same cable company from which you get HBO TV. At the moment it's only being tested on two broadband ... (view more)

Fri
25
Jan
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AT&T Gives Free Wi-Fi to Broadband Customers

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Wed
02
Jan
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Analog Satellite Technology Goes the Way of the Dodo

Do you subscribe to OnStar or use an old analog-based cellular phone? This next story might have you fuming. For those of us old enough to remember the coming of the Motorola Flip phone and its predecessors, analog satellite technology was the ... original network that made the cellular phone possible. In fact, some people argue that an analog phone is superior because it gets better reception and clarity than current digital technologies. Nevertheless -- if you are the owner of one of these devices, the end is near. As of February 2008, the analog phone network is scheduled to be shutdown per U. ... (view more)

Wed
19
Dec
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Better IT Than The Auto Industry

These days, there's a lot of concern about the economy. Under these circumstances, people begin to worry about the security of their own jobs; the auto industry, for example, feels a bit shaky right now. This is also true of the real estate and ... mortgage industries. But, according to the latest Robert Half Technology survey, IT jobs are staying the secure course. According to the Robert Half Chief Information Officer (CIO) survey of 1,400 companies with more than 100 employees, 82% of CIO's expect to maintain the status quo for the next quarter. Another 13% of those CIO's expect to add IT ... (view more)

Mon
10
Dec
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From Couch Potato to 'Tuber'

Couch Potatoes are becoming YouTube "tubers". Males in the 18 to 24 year old age group are redirecting their time; a 2007 Harris survey discovered that 1 in 3 of the frequent visitors to YouTube claim to be watching less TV as a result of watching ... YouTube and 66% were sacrificing other activities to watch YouTube. Among their sacrifices: 20% were pre-empting their email and social network time, 19% were deferring their work or homework, 15% sacrificed playing video games, and 12% were substituting spending time with friends or family. (Source: lostremote.com ) And we're not just ... (view more)

Mon
19
Nov
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Windows Plug-in Aids Visually Impaired

Microsoft has announced a Word plug-in to make it easier for visually impaired users to use its program. The plug-in will read Word 2003 and 2007 files out loud, and will also convert files from Open XML (the standard format used to save Word 2007 ... files) into DAISY, a format which is easier to use for producing digital audio files. DAISY (Digital Accessible Information Service) is a not-for-profit group based in Zurich, Switzerland. Formed by "talking books libraries," DAISY promotes open standards to make it easier to produce digital files. (Source: Guardian.co.uk ) Reed Shaffner, ... (view more)

Thu
08
Nov
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The Interpretype Opens Communication Lines

The Interpretype has turned one auto repair shop into a haven for deaf customers, helping to triple sales figures compared with the previous period. Ken Gan owns a garage in Rochester, New York. His shop seems to look like any other standard North ... American auto repair station, except for one major difference: the shop has an above-average number of deaf customers. Gan admitted that he had searched for more accommodating equipment for quite some time, but nothing has been available on the market to facilitate face-to-face communication in a situation such as a shop or office. So when all else ... (view more)

Tue
30
Oct
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Upload Your Files As Fast As You Download Them

Verizon Communications has introduced an unusual plan for its fiber-optic Internet service: one that uploads as fast as it downloads. With the new plan, users can experience download and upload speeds of 20 megabits per second. The plan costs $65 ... per month for those with a current Verizon phone plan, or $70 per month for those without a Verizon phone plan. (Source: usatoday.com ) The downside for Verizon fans is that the company will only launch the new plan in parts of New York and Connecticut. In these areas, Verizon can expect stiff competition from one of the most sophisticated cable ... (view more)

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