Even Homeland Security Says Not to Use Internet Explorer Tuesday, Apr 29 2014 

Even Homeland Security Says Not to Use Internet Explorer

Microsoft Web Browser Security Bug Could Impact Millions of Users Tuesday, Apr 29 2014 

WebBugMicrosoft Web Browser Security Bug Could Impact Millions of Users

Why You’re Not Seeing More Smart Home Appliances Monday, Apr 28 2014 

Why You’re Not Seeing More Smart Home Appliances

A smart home and connected appliances are great but the basic needs of a home must be met.  Cold food in the fridge, clean clothes and dishes etc.

In the end, it always comes back to whether or not the fridge is good at keeping food organized and cool, the clothes and dish washer gives clean items.

 

 

You’re watching a cooking TV show and there’s a recipe you like. You save it, and send it to your refrigerator. Your refrigerator logs the recipe and lets you know whether or not you have the groceries available. If you do, you connect to your oven so it knows to preheat immediately. All of this is done without leaving your couch.

That’s the future of the connected home, according to Kurt Jovais, the vice president of Samsung’s home appliance division. He predicts we’ll see a proliferation of connected smart appliances within two to three years.

“The technology is all there,” he tells Mashable.

However, the home appliance market isn’t exactly noted for its cutting-edge innovation — the models simply don’t change very often. They’re built to age.

 

 

 

Lost Collection of Andy Warhol Art Recovered From Floppy Disks Friday, Apr 25 2014 

 

If you as an artist, want your work to be around for a long time, make sure the technology you use will be accessible in the future.

 

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Art historians have recovered a collection of lost Andy Warhol paintings, which were never turned into physical prints, from 30-year-old Amiga floppy disks.

 

In 1985, computer and electronics manufacturer Commodore International commissionedAndy Warhol to create art using the company’s Amiga 1000 computer. Warhol saved many of his experimental images to Amiga floppy disks.

“Warhol saw no limits to his art practice,” said Eric Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum. “These computer-generated images underscore his spirit of experimentation and his willingness to embrace new media — qualities which, in many ways, defined his practice from the early 1960s onwards.”

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Stan Schroeder

Stan has been writing for Mashable since 2007, and having the benefit (or the curse) of working in a European time zone, he’s taken the post of European Editor. He’s been a pro IT journalist in Croatia for over 9 years,

http://mashable.com/2014/04/24/warhol-art-recovered-amiga-disks/

 

AT and T Expanding Fiber-Optic Internet to 21 Major Cities Friday, Apr 25 2014 

AT&T Expanding Fiber-Optic Internet to 21 Major Cities

AT&T Inc. plans to extend its fastest fiber-optic Internet service to 21 major cities, further ramping up competition with Google Inc. and cable providers.

Where is Cent. FL?

Where is Cent. FL?

The largest U.S. phone company said in a statement today that it plans to expand its GigaPower fiber-optic service to as many as 100 cities and municipalities. To provide service in select communities, AT&T will have to get approval from local officials. AT&T’s proposal is to deliver Internet speeds of as fast as 1 gigabit a second, about 100 times faster than standard Web access, along with U-verse television and other services to residents and businesses.

AT&T is racing against Google and cable companies to bring higher-speed fiber services to customers within its network operation areas. Earlier this month, AT&T announced plans to bring GigaPower to six cities in North Carolina. That move followed plans announced a year ago for faster service in Austin, Texas, where Google is also expanding its Google Fiber offering.

“We are excited to bring GigaPower to 100 cities and towns,” Lori Lee, head of AT&T’s U-verse unit, said in a phone interview. “We will work with local officials as we look for areas of strong demand and pro-investment policy.”

The 21 major cities up for consideration include Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

AT&T doesn’t disclose how many GigaPower subscribers it has. The push to expand GigaPower won’t change AT&T’s 2014 capital spending plans, Lee said.

Google Fiber

Google Fiber began as a showcase for what people can do with dramatically faster Internet speeds. The project also was meant to stimulate competition among broadband providers.

 for Bloomberg

http://mashable.com/2014/04/22/att-google-fiber-optic-internet/

How to Choose the Right Technology for Your Small Business Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 

How to Choose the Right Technology for Your Small Business

Martins’ comments  This is a snippet from a longer article.   As I read this it seemed so obvious.  However it is very easy to get caught up in all the new and cool technology.  To restate one of the main points of this article is: Decide what the final result must be, what technology will bring your business there, purchase, set up the new technology then use it and verify, over time, that it is meeting expectations.

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By Sara Angeles  Published April 22, 2014  BusinessNewsDaily

To avoid being intimidated by technology, small businesses should be strategic in their adoption decisions, Wandishin said. “They should only buy new technology if they have clearly defined what processes they want to affect and how new technology will ultimately have a positive effect on their bottom line,” he said. “It’s important to remember that technology simply cannot make up for poor processes.”

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Business News Daily: How can small businesses feel less overwhelmed by technology choices?

John Wandishin: Small business owners can feel less challenged by identifying which emerging technologies would meet their business needs to ultimately make running their business more efficient. It’s also worthwhile for decision makers to choose not just a product, but a partner who is willing to help before, during, and after the actual sale.  By making sound partnering decisions and focusing on a specific type of technology that will best serve their business, decision makers can avoid second-guessing themselves and feel more confident in their choices.

In addition, there are companies, websites and organizations devoted to helping small business owners. Since 1964, SCORE, “Mentors to America’s Small Business,” has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through mentoring and business workshops.

9 Simple Tips for Making Your Website Disability-Friendly Tuesday, Apr 22 2014 

9 Simple Tips for Making Your Website Disability-Friendly

The Internet isn’t always “one size fits all.” Every day, inaccessible web design prevents billions of people in the disabled community from an easy online experience.

For those with visual impairments, learning difficulties, hearing loss and more, there are dozens of unique challenges waiting behind every URL. But building a disability-friendly site is a lot simpler than you might think.

Laurence Berry, a designer for UK-based design and tech organization FutureGov who has also written extensively about accessible web design, says the easiest way to build user-friendly sites is to figure out their key obstacles.

“This sounds pretty obvious, but understanding the problems people with disabilities face on the web is the key to building an accessible product,” he says in an email interview withMashable.

Knowing is half the battle, but implementing the necessary changes for a more inclusive web experience can seem daunting. However, you’re hurting yourself if your website isn’t accessible to those with disabilities.

“If you just want to look at it from a strictly commercial perspective, if sites don’t consider disabled users, they’re missing out on a huge chunk of the market,” says Sandi Wassmer, a technologist and design expert who registered blind in 2008.

Approximately one billion people in the world live with disabilities

Approximately one billion people in the world live with disabilities, according to the UN. That’s a sizable chunk indeed.

In addition to those born with disabilities, Wassmer points out another user group to be aware of — the aging population.

“Some of the natural signs of aging, such as loss of sensory acuity, ability to process cognitive load and fine motor skills, all impact how older people interact with technology,” she says.

SEO, Your Website & You: 5 Myths & 10 Tips Monday, Apr 21 2014 

SEO, Your Website & You: 5 Myths & 10 Tips

April 14, 2014

Amazingly, even in 2014, many people have heard bits of information about websites and search engine optimization (SEO) that are either no longer relevant, completely misplaced, or simply erroneous. These all need to die really horrible deaths.

SEO Mythbusting

http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2339605/SEO-Your-Website-You-5-Myths-10-Tips

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Myth 1: If You Build it, They Will Come

Myth 2: Link Building is Dead

Myth 3: Using Google Analytics Lets Google Spy On You

Myth 4: Ranking (Positioning) Doesn’t Matter

Myth 5: Social is the New Link Building

 

10 SEO Tips

OK, now we’ve debunked those common myths, what shouldn’t you ignore? Let’s look at some things that actually matter. Here are 10 of the most common missed SEO opportunities.

1. Google Authorship

2. Citations

3. Content

4. URLs

5. The Alt Attribute

6. Page Speed

7. Robots.txt

8. Penalties

9. New Sites

10. Get a Site Audit Every Year

SEO Isn’t Voodoo (or Black Magic or Even ‘Bovine Feces’)

SEO Voodoo DollRemember a few years back when SEO was considered “voodoo” or “black magic” by anyone who didn’t understand it?

Really, SEO is based on the rules of a mathematical algorithm. This means the site meets or doesn’t, certain points on a mathematical scorecard and your site is then adjusted accordingly.

Though we haven’t been given these rules by the search engines, we can test against the algorithm and do things we know work because a + bc. Math is predictable, testable, and somewhat verifiable.

So yes, even though Google does still suggest that SEO is… well, um, “bovine feces” – it really isn’t. As long as you’re doing it right.

 

Do You Really Need a Computer Science Degree? Friday, Apr 18 2014 

In my experience in the working world, which goes back to 1970 when I graduated from High School, a degree from a four year college is not necessary for survival in the current working world.  It is a big help in getting raises and better jobs as time progresses.  I think some post-secondary education is needed for most of us.  This next step shows that a person is trainable to complete tasks in the manner which the company wants them completed.  The work environment changes so very quickly now.

The preceding is original text by Martin Scott

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(Options beyond a degree are important. Flickr photo by Faruk Ateş)

The following was written by Jimmy Alford who is a journalist deep in the heart of Texas. You can see his other work at www.txprophotog.com.

This article is from: http://blog.teamtreehouse.com/really-need-computer-science-degree

Most electronic devices use software and most businesses are backed with software, whether on computers or in the cloud. All this requires software and web development. The good news for programmers? There is no sign of computer-related job shortages.

“Software drives Amazon recommendations, the auto-complete suggestions and corrections as you type, banking transactions, the Mars Curiosity rover, and stock trades,” says Jacob Gulotta, a 28-year-old server developer at DoubleDown Interactive in Seattle. “Software is used extensively in research for simulations. You can pick almost any aspect of the modern world that isn’t completely mechanical and there will be a software component that requires a programmer somewhere [who] wrote the code.”

Seemingly every device needs computer software, and companies need websites and apps — and the developer to write it. But does every programmer need a computer science degree?

“I had very little formal education in software, taking three or four introductory classes in college,” Gulotta says. “Most of what I know is from reading books and whatever I can find online as well as from peers, both in discussions and from looking at their code.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in computer science fields will be some of the fastest growing over the next five years. But the BLS also predicted a large gap — as large as 39 percent — between the number of students earning computer science degrees and the number of projected annual computer science-related jobs.

Gulotta says earning a computer science degree can be a wise move, but isn’t necessary and isn’t the route he took. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a bachelor of science in engineering management. He says getting hired as a programmer without a computer science degree takes some work. But being a good programmer takes work, too.

“It can be done if you learn on your own and demonstrate to the potential employer sufficient knowledge and ability equivalent to what’s expected of a college graduate, like maintaining a public portfolio of projects,” Gulotta says.

Google Just Bought a High-Flying Drone Company Tuesday, Apr 15 2014 

By Abby Ohlheiser, The Wire

Google swept in and agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone manufacturer, on Monday, months after Facebook had entered into talks to buy the company. Titan, based in New Mexico, will go to Google for an undisclosed sum.

 

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The Wall Street Journal’s report on the sale notes that the drone maker will help Google with its “Project Loon” initiative, which looks to provide internet access to remote areas using large high-altitude balloons. In a statement, Google said:

“It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation.” 

The purchase was the subject of rumors last week,  after months of speculation that Facebook would buy the solar-powered drone company for its own, similar internet access initiative. Titan’s solar-powered drones are known for their ability to stay in the air for years without needing to land, making them ideal for the sorts of projects both Facebook and Google have in mind. Techcrunch has a nice summary of the Facebook rumors,here. Both projects, as the Journal notes, are in part aimed at introducing a specific company to new internet users simultaneously with access to a high-speed  connection. Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp was also seen by many as an effort to get in early on a relatively untapped market for the company.

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/google-just-bought-the-drone-company-that-facebook-had-82711264509.html

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